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Virginia Pure Oil Gas Stations

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former station
Richmond, VA
This former station was known as the Triangle Filling Station, named after the triangular lot that it occupied. Although some believe that this building is from 1923 and was the prototype for Pure Oil's other cottage style stations, the facts disprove this. It has been well documented that the first Pure Oil cottage was built in Indianapolis in 1927. If the build date of this station is 1923, then it was built for another oil company since Pure Oil didn't market in Virginia until later. This station operated until 1953, possibly as a Pure Oil. In 1955, a small restaurant occupied the building. Around 1968, the addition was made to the front for a BBQ take-out restaurant. The building has been vacant since 2009. If anyone has vintage photos of this station, or concrete evidence of its branding, I'd love to hear from you. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Danville, VA
This former Pure Oil station housed Quality Tire Service when these photos were taken in 2007. The building was vacant in 2012. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Front Royal, VA
This former Pure Oil station now houses the Royal Autoworks Body Shop. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Mount Jackson, VA
This former Pure Oil station has been vacant for many years. These photos are from 2003 and 2008. The building had been painted but was still vacant in 2012. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Lexington, VA
This former Pure Oil station housed the Patisserie Cafe when these photos were taken in 2010. The cafe had been there since 2007. Before that, it housed Smokin' Pete's Bar-B-Que Station and Joe's Firehouse Bar-B-Que. The building still has many original details including the blue tile roof and the "P"s on the chimney. Since 2011, the building has housed Pure Eats. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Buena Vista, VA

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2007:
This former Pure Oil station housed Fitzgerald Truck & Equipment when these photos were taken. By 2012, the building housed Herring's Small Engine Repair. This building design with chunky chimneys came after the skinnier chimney design. There is also a bigger display window and the roof features a weathervane tower. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Lynchburg, VA
This former Pure Oil station is an example of the company's single chimney design. These photos are from 2006 and 2007 when the building housed Quality Tire Service. The building was vacant in 2012. Since 2014, the building has housed the Mikado Express Japanese restaurant. The building's facade was covered with rocks. The windows and door configuration was also changed. [first photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

former Pure Oil station
Lynchburg, VA
This former Pure Oil station now houses the Texas Inn. I believe the restaurant opened here in 1969. This building is another example of Pure Oil stations with fat chimneys and weathervane. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Amherst, VA
This former Pure Oil station housed Pilkington & Sons Books when these photos were taken in 2003. I believe that business has closed. The building has housed many businesses over the years before the book store, including a car dealership, a hardware store, a restaurant, a bar, a real estate office and a computer store. Both ends of the original building have been extended and the blue roof tiles have been removed. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Cape Charles, VA
This former Pure Oil station has been vacant for many years. These photos are from 2005. The building was still vacant in 2014. It still features "P"s on both chimneys. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Cape Charles, VA
This former Pure Oil station operated as a Union 76 station in the 1970s and 1980s. The building housed Straight Line Auto Service when these photos were taken in 2005. In 2014, the building was vacant. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Portsmouth, VA
This former Pure Oil station appeared to be vacant when these photos were taken in 2005. By 2012, the building was housing an insurance office. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Buchanan, VA
This former Pure Oil station has been remodeled and expanded for use as a restaurant. The building housed Fantzarelli's Restaurant when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2012, the building housed Rancho Viejo Mexican Grill. The building had been painted brown. [map]

former Pure Oil station
Galax, VA
This former Pure Oil station has been occupied by the Frost Insurance Agency since 1989. It was remodeled with additions but it still retains some of the entrance details. You can see just make out the shape of the original gas station on the side of the building below the lopped off chimney. [map]

former Pure Oil station and cottages?
Atkins, VA
This may have been a drastically remodeled former Pure Oil station. The cottages adjacent to it may have been part of a gas station and motel complex like Pure Village Courts which were built by Pure Oil. These photos are from 2003. By 2009, the Pure Oil sign was gone. The buildings were still there. [map]

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