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Tennessee Icebox & Modern Gas Stations

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former Gulf station
Covington, TN
This former Gulf station was known as Wall's Service Station and still selling gas when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2012, the building was housing Jimmy's Detail Auto Services. The pumps were there but, most likely, not in operation. [map]

former Texaco Station
Cowan, TN
This former Texaco was built in 1936 and stopped selling gas around 1975. Around 2005, it was fully restored as a visitors center, library and café. The pumps were restored and topped with replica globes. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Texaco station
Rogersville, TN
This former Texaco is now located at Memory Lane which is Otis Eldridge's collection of Americana. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

former station
Knoxville, TN
former Texaco station
Nashville, TN
This former station in Knoxville was most likely a Texaco originally. The building housed Fats BBQ when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2014, the building was vacant. [map]

This former Texaco station in Nashville housed Pedro's Auto Sales when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2014, the building was housing Towns Auto Sales. [map]

former Gulf station [gone]
Crossville, TN
This former Gulf station was vacant when this photo was taken in 2003. By 2009, the building had been demolished.

former Esso station
Knoxville, TN

2003:

2011:
This former Esso station housed a repair shop and U-Haul rental center in 2003. By 2011, the building housed Budget Brakes. This building is a classic Esso design. It would have had the "Esso Servicenter" lettering above the service bays, a "Happy Motoring" sign on the side above the restrooms, and the name of the station owner on the front ledge over the office. Many of these stations had freestanding "Esso" signs on the roof above the office as well. The projecting restrooms and overhang appear identical to this Wise, VA station. [map]

former station
Knoxville, TN
This former station has been vacant since at least 2003. I believe this was a Shell station originally. [map]

former Phillips 66 station [gone]
Memphis, TN
This former Philips 66 station was one of the rare, double-canopy types. Phillips 66 built most of these on turnpikes in OK and KS where traffic moved in two directions. Only a handful of these buildings survive today. These photos are from 2003. The building was gone a few years after that. I believe it was last used as a liquor store. For more, see this website.

former Phillips 66 station
Bristol, TN
This former Philips 66 station is an example of the more common single canopy type. The building was vacant when this photo was taken in 2011. It was still vacant in 2013. [map]

former Phillips 66 station
Knoxville, TN
This former Philips 66 station has the same style bays as the one in Bristol shown above. However, the tip of the canopy, its supports, and sign tower are slightly different. [map]

former station
Memphis, TN
All that's left of this former station is the giant A-frame style canopy. It might have originally been a Texaco. [map]

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