“A roadside novelty”
The Airplane Service Station, also known as the Powell Airplane, is a service station built in 1930 in the shape of an airplane. Located at 6829 Clinton Highway in Powell, a neighborhood in Knox County, Tennessee, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.The station was built by brothers Elmer and Henry Nickle. Their intent was to increase business by having a service station that was visually unique, both to area residents and to travelers on newly widened U.S. Highway 25. Elmer Nickle had a strong interest in airplanes, and so the station was constructed in the Fantastic architectural style in the shape of an airplane. The structure ceased being used as a service station in the 1960s, when it became a liquor store. It has also been a produce stand, bait & tackle shop, and a used car lot. Knox Heritage and a local organization, the Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association (AFSPA), are working to preserve the structure.
The address comes up in apple maps as being outside of Powell. Just keep driving and you'll find it! You can't miss it! Totally worth going around Knoxville for!
Great little road side attraction. They were currently renovating it when I stopped by so they let me come in and look around. They said they had just taken the propeller off for repair but it still looked pretty neat. Worth the stop to take a look. Will be great when they finish the renovations also.
It just reopened as a barber shop.
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Airplane Service Station
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