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Standard Oil Gas Station, Odell
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The Standard Oil Gasoline Station is a historic gas station in Odell, Illinois, that lies along historic U.S. Route 66. Before the days of the interstate highway system the station served patrons along the highway's cross country jaunt. It is fairly typical of gas stations along the historic corridor.HistoryThe station was built in 1932 when a contractor, Patrick O'Donnell purchased the small 200ft by 60ft piece of land the station stands on. The land lies on the southwest side of the Livingston County town. O'Donnell's plan was to build a gas station that he could lease to his son. The project went ahead and the station was modeled after a 1916 Standard Oil of Ohio design. The station is of the house and canopy style and includes work bays which were clearly added at a later date. Upon careful inspection the interior walls of the bays reveal the later origin. The station continued to sell Standard Oil products for its first several years but by 1940 it had switched to Phillips 66 brands. At least nine other stations besides O'Donnell's dotted this part of Route 66 through Odell, the competition drove the addition of the bays by the 1940s. Between the 1940 and 1952 the station underwent a number of changes.At one point, the station went from Phillips 66 to Sinclair products. Eventually, in 1952, Robert Close leased the station from O'Donnell. When O'Donnell died, Close purchased the property from his estate. He moved his family into the adjacent cafe which had been converted into a house. They stayed there until it burned in the 1970s. Close continued to do body work at the station until 1999. It was that year that the Village of Odell purchased the station for the express purpose of historic restoration. The Route 66 Association of Illinois took interest in the project and nominated the property for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, a status it was granted on November 9. 1997.
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  • Well preserved gas station, be sure to go inside to see all the pieces that they have. Edith, the lady behind, the counter, was very helpful. We saw a few travellers, like ourselves, while we were the...  more »
  • This is a really nicely done restoration of an icon. The person manning the station was very informative and had lived on Rt 66 her entire life so had lots of stories. As my husband's family business ...  more »
  • If you are travelling Route 66 East to West this is very early in the trip. A great photo op and the interior of the garage area has all sorts of memorabilia including a coke vending machine and a red...  more »
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  • Another wonderfull old gas station great preserved. Route 66 must stop, perfect for taking pictures.
  • I wish they had longer hours during the summer. Still it was worth the stop to see the station. The signs to the station could be better and should be updated.
  • Another nice historic staton along Route 66. Check it out
  • Historical gas station in a small village Odell along route 66. Great place for pictures. Opens daily.
  • We meet at Odelle remnants of Route 66 including the wonderful Standard Oil Gas Station. Find this service station, to come into town and get to the exit of the city at the corner of S West St, and the W Deer St. built in 1932, it became a store of memories. The station has been restored thanks to generous donors. She was enrolled in the national registry of historic sites of Route 66. The home is charming and the building is remarkably well maintained. In the city you will also see the former garage, the Old Mobil Station.
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