Ambler's Texaco Gas Station, Dwight, 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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  • This was our first stop on our Route 66 trip. Beautifully kept. We showed up at 9:50 and one of the volunteers arrived a minute or so after and welcomed us in though they didnt open until 10am. Inside...  more »
  • This is a beautifully restored little filling station right on old Route 66. It's now used as a welcome center, and attended by knowledgeable Route 66 fans. You can pull your car up to the pumps and h...  more »
  • Between Chicago and Bloomington, you will find several beautiful old petrol stations on the old route 66 – this includes in any case.
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  • Very Interesting Stop along Rt.66! Restored Gas Station, and Maintenance shop, with audio visual narration. Displays describe the property's history, by numerous narrators. If you're in town, it's well worth the stop!! Cool Day or night. I most recently was their at dusk.
  • So much to see, even cooler if Texaco man is there. Nice throwback
  • Great place to check out. Lots of history.
  • A great museum with lots of route 66 artefacts and memorabilia, well worth a visit
  • Great route 66 stop

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