“one of the oldest continuously operating service stations on the Mother Road”
Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station, also known as Vernon’s Texaco Station and Becker’s Marathon Gas Station, is located along historic Route 66 in the Village of Dwight. The station gets its name from longtime manager Basil “Tubby” Ambler, who operated the station from 1938 to 1966. The original 1933 building Jack Shore built consisted of an office with wood clapboard siding, an arched roof with asphalt shingles, and residential windows adorned with shutters and flower boxes. Extending out from the office over three Texaco gas pumps was a sheltering canopy supported by two tapered columns. Mr. Shore also constructed an ice house located on the property. The station’s design, with its cottage look, may strike the contemporary traveler as quaint--or perhaps even odd. Why, after all, shouldn’t a gas station look like a gas station? But this domestic style, common along Route 66, had a distinct purpose and stems from a time in the early 20th century when gas stations were just beginning to seriously intrude upon the suburban landscape of America. The oil companies wisely opted to tread lightly on this new, non-commercial territory. Gas stations were consciously styled to be homey and inviting to customers, as well as inconspicuous in their new residential, suburban surroundings. In the early 1940s, following a national trend that saw gas stations evolve to full service garages, Mr. Ambler added a service bay of simple concrete block to the north side of the original building. Although he left the station in 1966, the station continued servicing motorists until nearly the turn of the 21st century, making it one of the oldest continually operated service stations along the Mother Road.
I took my son on a tour of Route 66 in August of 2014, and after stopping at Dell Rhea's chicken basket, this was our first roadside attraction. It's actually really cool. Route 66 is covered in old-school abandoned gas stations, some restored for photo-ops like this one, and others just sadly abandoned and deteriorating.
This was a fantastic little stop for us. My 9-month old son had a little toy car that I sat him on and we took a photo in front of the pumps. He loved it.
If you're traveling Route 66 in an old car, this is another great spot to get a vintage-feeling photo. Beautifully restored and maintained.
Great restoration on this Texaco Gas Station! Various different photo ops here. They have a cool vintage inspired billboard outside that helps this gas station stand out from the rest. Also, they have Electric Parking! Who has that! Nobody but Ambler's. They do a wonderful job catering to the Route 66 traveler. Don't miss it!
Now a welcome station, opens for the season on May 6. Nice for photos and an easy drive by.
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