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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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  • Although it was renovated when we saw there was some excitement. too bad it was already closed, maybe it was interesting to take a spin in the shop or get info to people. ...
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  • This is nice stop! It looks just like a gas station form the pre 1960. The lady volunteer was very friendly and helpful. The lobby is barely air conditioned, and the garage is not air conditioned. Thi...  more »
  • We were in town because a great uncle had lived his full life here Fun to find Odell was on historic US66 which I've covered a bunch of over time, from either end US66 is lined with all kinds of histo...  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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