A cottage-style gas station in Oklahoma City that dated to the beginnings of Route 66 was torn down in recent weeks to make way for a fast-food restaurant, according to the OKC Central blog, which is affiliated with The Oklahoman newspaper.
The long-closed station stood at Pennsylvania Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street (aka Route 66). Here is a Google Maps image of the corner before the station faced the wrecking ball:
Longtime Route 66 News reader Rick Martin alerted me to the gas station’s razing about a week ago. Oklahoman reporter Steve Lackmeyer, who’s well-plugged-in on Oklahoma City’s historical issues, checked into it and wrote a report Tuesday on his OKC Central blog.
Lackmeyer said the gas station and a nearby retail building both were built in 1926 — the first year U.S. Highway 66 was federally commissioned.
According to Sanborn fire insurance maps, the station was originally a Conoco.
The corner has been empty for as long as I can remember. A vintage-style Sears stood catty-corner to the gas station, and it was torn down in the mid-1990s to make way for the big box shopping center we see today.
Lackmeyer reports the site will be developed into a Raising Canes fast-food eatery.