This historic Sinclair Gas Station in fort Worth, Texas is no longer running, but has been wonderfully preserved by its owner Paul Lemon and is open for visits. "As a young boy I caught the tail end of an era gone by. While traveling with my grandparents across the Great North West I can remember the "full service" Sinclair Stations. I used to get so excited to see the service attendants come out to fill and service my grandparents Lincoln Town Car. I would always make a point to speak with the crew and ask the same questions over and over as we traveled across the Rocky Mountains. These memories have stayed with me my entire life and know at the age of almost forty four I guess you could say that these experiences had an impact on my life. I now own my own small business and strive to maintain a squeaky clean image and provide the best care and service to our customers. Traits I always admired about Sinclair. Several years ago I purchased an old run down service station to run my business (a lawn service) out of. After closing the sale I decided to give it a good cleaning. While pressure washing the building several layers of paint (from all of the other business that it had been) began to peel off. Getting down to the final layer of paint a word appeared… S I N C L A I R. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My childhood dream to one day own my very own Sinclair Service Station had come true. I have painstakingly tried to restore this Station located in Fort Worth, Texas and built by Sinclair Refinery Co. in 1950. I do what I can as I can afford to. It still needs period style garage doors amongst other things. It is truly a labor of love. I hope you enjoy seeing it as must as I have restoring it." - Paul Lemon The station won a 2011 Historic Preservation Award.
Boy does this bring back memories. Its amazing, it looks better and more maintained that work service stations. Clean, no Graffiti. Its in an older part of South Fort Worth, very fitting. Well worth the trip.
Awesome stop! Only a little off the main road, this gas station is very well maintained. Very cool renovation for any auto/petroleum enthusiasts.
This Ft. Worth Sinclair Gas Station reminds me of my Dad's Sinclair Gas Station in Chicago, IL. They must have all used a similar floor plan in the '30s or '40s when they were built. On the picture's right there are two doors, one is the Women's Restroom, the next one at the rear corner is the Boiler Room. They used an oil furnace that could burn Kerosene if out of heating oil. One day in winter while getting a tanker truck of Gasolene, fumes from the vent which was above the roof but apparently too close to the boiler room, we had an explosion. Fumes entered the boiler room and when the furnace started up the explosion blew the boiler room door off and it hit 3 parked cars as it continued all the way across a 6 lane city street. No one was injured but the shock wave took out several windows and knocked my Dad off his chair in the office!
My Dad bought gas there from 1953 until it closed. I can't remember the owner/manager's name.
Nostalgic, very cool!
Love it . Thank you!
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Historic Sinclair Gas Station
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