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Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight
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Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, also known as Becker's Marathon Gas Station, is a historic filling station located at the intersection of Old U.S. Route 66 and Illinois Route 17 in the village of Dwight, Illinois, United States. The station has been identified as the longest operating gas station along Route 66; it dispensed fuel for 66 continuous years until 1999. The station is a good example of a domestic style gas station and derives its most common names from ownership stints by two different men. North of the station is an extant outbuilding that once operated as a commercial icehouse. Ambler's was the subject of major restoration work from 2005–2007, and reopened as a Route 66 visitor's center in May 2007. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2001.HistoryLocated at the intersection of U.S. Route 66 and Illinois Route 17 in Dwight, Illinois, United States, Ambler's Texaco Station was built in 1933 by Jack Schore on property originally owned by Otto Strufe. The gas station is no longer in operation as a filling station, but when it closed, it held the record as the longest operating gas station along the historic Route 66. The station last dispensed gasoline in 1999. In 1936, the station was leased to Vernon Von Qualen and became known as Vernon's Texaco Station. Over the next two years, Von Qualen purchased the station from Schore, and sold it in 1938 to Basil "Tubby" Ambler. Ambler owned the station from 1938–1966. Ambler's ownership was the longest of any owner during the most historically significant period; as a result, the station was known as Ambler's longer than by any other name.
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  • Staying here is not in vain, you can spend your time exploring the exhibits. We liked especially the zorošo informed the volunteers-guides, thanks guys for insight into American history
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  • This 1933 Texaco is identified as the longest operating gas station on old Route 66. It dispensed fuel until 1999 and reopened in 2007 as a visitor center. Across the street is the Old Route 66 Family...  more »
  • the Gas Station Texaco of Dwight is right next to the old Rota66 between Chicago and Springfield and worth visiting. The place is nicely decorated and the staff are volunteers from the city who try to preserve the site and its tradition. Cool place for pictures!
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  • Historic place, a Route 66 must stop. The people in charge will kindly tell you the place history, give you advices and some conversation about the Route or watever. Worht a stop.
  • Awesome bit of American history the golden age of route 66
  • Nice clean historic station. Worth a stop!
  • A place you have to see !
  • Located along Route 66 historic gas station. Just on exit from expressway I-55. This historic site is a must stop. It was operated for exactly 66 years.