Abandoned WV Route 88 Cottage-Style Gas Station & the Uglification of America (again)

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Recently I mentioned an abandoned filling station spotted during a trip to see my physician in West Virginia. More pressing projects kept me from posting my photographs of the crumbling building, but I have them for you today.

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This is a spot I’d seen before, but it rests just beyond a very sharp curve in the road; the first time I saw it the skies were already darkening and it was so hidden by brush I nearly missed it! You can imagine my happiness at being able to photograph it in spring, before it half-disappears into the wood again.

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I’m not sure what oil company originally built the old filling station, though my guess is Pure Oil. Continue reading

Visiting the octagon vintage filling station in Delaware, Ohio

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We’re standing at the corner of Lake & Central in Delaware, Ohio.

Delaware's Octagon Filling Station photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

Tired of the snow, you say? I suppose you could check this older view of the station. But time marches on, does it not?

Delaware's Octagon Filling Station photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

I’m sorry—and can completely understand, especially as the stuff was until this morning in today’s forecast—but thought you might forgive seeing the last scraps of it. (Hey, at least the first photo involves no snow whatsoever.)

Delaware's Octagon Filling Station photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

Somehow, these photos of Delaware, Ohio’s octagonal filling station got lost in the shuffle, so we’ll have to put up with the snow—but I think you’ll like them anyhow. Continue reading