6/20/2012 6:07:00 AM
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On Route 66 near Hydro, Oklahoma, there is this somewhat small (by today's standards) building that served as a combination filling station, restaurant, and even a part time motel for travelers along the Mother Road. It was run by a woman named Lucille Hamons, from 1941 until her death in 2000.
The building is unique among the former gas stations and businesses that would dot Route 66 during its heyday, and among the hundreds of independent owners of such establishments (chain/franchise stores were still a few decades away), Lucille is among those still remembered.
When I had taken this photo in 2003, there were tributes along the road in the form of Burma-Shave type signs, and the building was falling into disrepair with vines growing over the second floor area, covering up the siding and the windows. In recent years, however, a local businessman has restored the building to its former glory and 1940's gas pumps have replaced the last generation of analog pumps that had been there when Lucille died in August of 2000.