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Old gas stations

Ghostsoldier

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You know, what I like about the USA??

Call me an idiot, but you still got good old 87, 89 and 91 octane benzine!! :)
Man, I would already enjoy the smell!, I tell you! Getting a little sentimental, right now.

I loved my 91 octane Kia Sephia. The Kia Rio II (Rio 5) was still 91 octane, but I had to switch to 95 octane, when 91 was finally stopped in old germany
 
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You know, what I like about the USA??

Call me an idiot, but you still got good old 87, 89 and 91 octane benzine!! :)
Man, I would already enjoy the smell!, I tell you! Getting a little sentimental, right now.

I loved my 91 octane Kia Sephia. The Kia Rio II (Rio 5) was still 91 octane, but I had to switch to 95 octane, when 91 was finally stopped in old germany

Yeah, but it's all unleaded now; the smells are as different as caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. :(
 
Salem, Missouri.

In the 1940s and 50s, tourist courts were popping up across the United States to accommodate adventurers who were exploring our country in their new automobiles. These courts were an all-in-one stop with everything you needed, typically equipped with a service station, a restaurant, and a motel/cabins. Salem, situated on our beautiful corner of the Ozarks, was no stranger to these tourist courts. Some were smaller, like Burton Frank’s Sinclair and Cabins at the junction of Highway 72 and Highway J that are still in existence, and some were larger, like the famed Waukeeka Village and Walnut Motel at the junction of highways 72, 32, and 19.
Plans were announced for the new tourist court at “Circle City” in 1954, and construction quickly began on a brand new Cities Service Station, which was a popular gas station chain in the US. The station was completed before construction even began on the Walnut Motel and Walnut Bowl Restaurant, as it was a quick way to begin recuperating the financial investment required to build this modern tourist court. However, the motel and restaurant followed soon after, officially opening in 1955 to weary travelers headed to explore the Current River, Clark National Forest, or any of the other dozens of natural attractions surrounding Salem. The service station, pictured here, operated until the mid 1990s. After Cities Service closed, this station was known as Hughes Brothers Gulf Station, and later Tower D-X. Today, all that remains of this retro tourist court is the old Walnut Bowl restaurant building, which is currently home to Aranda’s.
Photos courtesy of The Salem News (Facebook / Salem Over Time)

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Maybe not exactly the right thread to share this, but seemed close enough. Had some good luck at a storage unit auction recently and brought this home without breaking the bank. Someone's used it for target practice at some point, but personally I think that adds to it's charm. It has a manufacturer's date of Aug of 1945.
 

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