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ziyulu

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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:36:21 AM

The road trip: that iconic form of travel that lets us explore at a different pace. If you have ever crossed the country on four wheels, you know the role that gas stations play, both for keeping your vehicle going, and for strong black coffee and snacks. If you are lucky, there's even a good diner attached. But as more and more people fly to complete their trips, is the iconic middle-of-nowhere gas station a thing of the past?

For today's Photo of the Day Flickr user smallscreen gives us a great look at a piece of Americana, a ghost-like gas station in Chloride, Arizona, that's reminiscent of a time where gas was 35 cents a gallon and people were cruising in old Chevrolets.
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weenoo215
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 8:56:18 PM

Really nice picture to remember the past
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Ahking
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 6:28:53 PM

different strokes for different folks.
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OHMS
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 2:02:13 PM

typical zulu; darkness continuing until morning
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 1:56:07 PM

..."as more and more people fly to complete their trips"...

Really??? Where are the stats???
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alex395
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 1:03:09 PM

Current tax structure higher than the total price then. Don't necessarily view that as a good thing.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:48:40 AM

Quick news!
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 10:02:02 AM

No wonder they went out of business. If you sell 44 gallons at 35 cents per gallon and charge $8, you won't last long.
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Billrusty
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 3:40:30 AM

quit some retro looking gas pump
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:18:25 PM

Cool but seems just like yesterday.........gone just like the drive-in's.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 3:29:20 PM

Cool looking picture!
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highdesertman
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:02:11 PM

If you take the time to get off the interstates and drive the old roads like Route 66 or the Blue Star Highway in Michigan, you'll see a lot of these places from bygone days plus some interesting small towns that you would otherwise bypass. Well worth the time to slow down and see the real America.

[Edited by: highdesertman at 1/12/2013 1:03:26 PM EST]
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:44:19 PM

ah the good old days
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:52:34 AM

WOW, what I wouldn't give to get that gas pump and sign and other stuff from that place!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:11:44 AM

Cool pic.
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:58:01 AM

"so when is gasbuddy going to have section for pics like this?
of old cars,motorcycles,stations "

A great idea. Moderators, pay attention!
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Ticobird
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:50:21 AM

The old pumps still look pretty good.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:18:36 AM


Wish that was here today.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:40:23 AM

I used to work in a Texaco station when fuel (gasoline) was 35 cents a gallon or less. In fact, 43 cents was a high and outrageous price back then.

They were called Service Stations for a reason, reasons many younger people alive now would not comprehend or tolerate. They would not be able to sit long enough for someone to clean their windows, check the air in the tires, check the belts, check the fluid levels and pump the fuel for them.

Back then, plastic (credit cards) were a rarity and they did not have a magnetic strip on the back. Debit cards did not exist. Most people paid with cash or a check. Some regulars had a tab or account which they settled at the end of the month. Cell phones and pocket calculators did not exist. Watches were all wind up. Cable TV and the Internet did not exist. If you needed to learn something, you read a book.

If you were lucky you would receive 2 to 3 TV stations via your antenna. Radio was king. A new thing had just been invented called 4 track and 8 track cassette tapes.

Wages were a $1.75 an hour. If you grossed over $400 a month, you were doing good.

When was that? Mid to late 1960s.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:11:48 AM

so when is gasbuddy going to have section for pics like this?
of old cars,motorcycles,stations
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:41:09 AM

Those were the days !!!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:40:13 AM

Nice!

ziyulu, Thanks for posting this.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:30:36 AM

Those were the days
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:01:43 AM

Good memories!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:51:34 AM

that will not be back
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 3:38:38 AM

Wish those prices were for today!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 3:26:11 AM

Good ole days
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 2:45:55 AM

love those prices shown......
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 2:27:56 AM

I bought Gulf Crest for 25 cents a gallon in Georgia in the 50!s. Gulf Crest was the Highest Octaine abd Highest price Gas on the market.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 2:09:18 AM

It really wasn't that many years ago that gas stations signs didn't have the dollar figure so when the gas did go over 99 cents, a one had to be pasted on the signs. It didn't take long for that one to become a two and now a three.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:54:13 AM

Ive passed by gas stations that had been closed for many years. I saw one with a price of $1.32 ..that would be nice to have prices that low..too bad that will never happen
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:50:47 AM

Could have had a nicer picture.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:46:43 AM

Sorry Dragnet, the early 70's
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:45:18 AM

Road trip.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:41:04 AM

Yeah. and the prices were? I like what this says but this was back in the 60's.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:40:05 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:39:02 AM

be nice to have that gas price back but it will never happen
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:37:50 AM

Ahh,the memories.

"If only life was what it was when I was a child"

??????????????

I remember my grandmother telling me what her life was like when she was a child.

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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:34:30 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:31:04 AM

that was interesting paid .16-.18/gal. when I started driving...that was before Greedway

[Edited by: JCUBE at 1/12/2013 1:33:33 AM EST]
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WIWalt
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:30:15 AM

I remember when my dad paid 18 cents per gallon
Thanks for the post
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:28:49 AM

I can recall buying gas for 25.9 (cents per gallon, that is). But I wasn't old enough to drive. Used it for the lawn mower.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:28:44 AM

Prices like that will never be seen again.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:28:02 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:25:36 AM

This article is for the dogs.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:25:30 AM

I started driving at 25.6 per gal. Those were the daze....
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:22:42 AM

I remember in NH growing up and about 2 years after getting my license they use to paint gas prices on the roofs of gas stations for advertisement. I remember 65 cents for years heh
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:22:41 AM

cool.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:20:03 AM

Awa! The good old days
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:19:39 AM

But how many of you gas buddies remember when gas was 35 cents or lower?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:17:47 AM

Maybe all gas stations are on their way out...
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