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North Carolina Gas Stations

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former station
Lexington, NC

former Shell station
Cherryville, NC
This former station in Lexington is now occupied by G&G Wireless. It was built before 1925 as a Gulf station. [map]

This former Shell station was built around 1932. In addition to selling gas, the building housed the Beam Trucking Company office. The station is now part of the C. Grier Beam Truck Museum with the main building located next door. The station is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. For more, see this website. [map]

former Texaco station
Reidsville, NC
2006: 2010:
This former Texaco station was built in 1934. By 2010, the building had been restored and began housing Mr. Kones. There is a nostalgic Sinclair pump there now but I don't know if this was ever used as a Sinclair station. Gas was last sold here in the 1960s. A pest control business was here after that. By 2016, the building was housing the Downtown Dog House. [first photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

former Esso station
Denton, NC
This former Esso station was built in the 1930s. It appears to be a tire shop now. [photos thanks Robby Delius] [map]

former Esso station
Mount Airy, NC
This former Esso station was built in 1937. It is now known as Wally's Service Station. The interior is used as a gift shop. [map]

former Esso station [gone]
Hamlet, NC
former Esso station
Chapel Hill, NC
This photo of the former Esso station is from 2009. By 2013, the building was gone.

This former Esso station in Chapel Hill was built in 1929. It now houses Merritt's Store & Grill. For more, see this website. [map]

former Esso station
Asheboro, NC
former Esso station [gone]
Rocky Mount, NC
This former Esso station in Asheboro is a nicely maintained three bay example. Apparently, these stations were built with either two bays or three bays and mirror image, left or right versions. By 2014, this building was housing Jaime's Carpet Cleaning. The building has been painted grey. [map]

This former Esso station in Rocky Mount had a big addition at the back. That structure appeared to be as old as the station itself. This photo is from 2010. The building appeared to be vacant in 2012. It had been demolished by 2016.

former Esso station
Saratoga, NC
former Esso station
Mooresville, NC
This former Esso station in Saratoga appeared to be long vacant when this photo was taken in 2010. [photo from Robby Delius] [map]

This former Esso station in Mooresville now houses Mooresville Auto Care, a repair garage. [map]

former station
Stallings, NC
This former station was built around 1936. It stopped selling gas in the 1970s. Originally, it was a Funderburk station, a local brand. The building has housed the Rock Store Bar-B-Q since 2005. For more, see this website. [map]

former station?
Wilson, NC
This complex of buildings appears to be a former station and garage. At least one of the buildings now houses Rogers Property Management. Does anyone know the history of this place? [map]

former Shell station
Winston-Salem, NC
This former Shell station is the last remaining of eight oversized shell-shaped buildings built around Winston-Salem by the Quality Oil Company between 1930 and 1933. At the time, Shell was a brand name for Quality Oil. It cost $5,000 to build the concrete structure crafted around a wood and wire frame. It stands 16' tall and is 20' wide. The Shell Station was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It was damaged and boarded up in 1996, when it got a grant for restoration. Preservation North Carolina saved it from destruction, restored it and turned it into their regional office. They peeled away the paint and matched Shell's original yellow-orange color. They also restored the adjacent car wash: a wooden trellised structure allowing cars to be washed and serviced in the shade. The restored pumps and replica lamp posts were donated by Quality Oil Company. There are many old photos of the station inside the office. For more, see this website. [map]

I don't believe this Shell station was ever built. But its 1929 design may have influenced the others.

former Midway Service Center
Henderson, NC
The former Midway Service Center has been abandoned for many years. It was also known as Harte's Garage and was a Shell station and general store. [map]

former Gulf station
Durham, NC
This former Gulf station was built in the early or mid-1930s and remained in operation until the 1970s. It has been abandoned since at least the late 1990s. It was known as Fletcher's Gulf station and the middle part of the building between the two bays was used as a combination office and bar. When these photos were taken in 2010, restoration work had just begun. Since 2011, the building has housed Geer Street Garden, a restaurant and bar. [map]

former station
Midland, NC
This former station appeared to be vacant when these photos were taken in 2010. After that, the building housed Uncle Sam's Army Navy Surplus Store. By 2014, that business appeared to have closed. Does anyone know when this station was built and what brand of gas was sold here originally? [map]

former station
Asheboro, NC
This former station housed Gingerbread House Pastries when these photos were taken in 2010. By 2016, the building was housed the Blue Luna Tattoo Company. [map]

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former Cities Service station (Asheville) [map]
Derby Hat (Mount Airy)

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