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.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Standard Oil Gas Station and many more Odell attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Odell tour itinerary maker website .
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My infatuation for Rt. 66 is a liitle over the top and my kids would agree. After two trips on 66 they could careless if the saw another gas station. So they stayed in the minivan. What they missed, t... more »
A nice quick stop, very well kept on the outside. I read a review that said it is closed but it is not. We went inside, looked around and purchased some things. Dont forget to sign the ROUTE 66 guest ... more »
Eine weitere super schöne alte und restaurierte Tankstelle an der Route 66. im inneren befindet sich ein kleiner Souvenirshop und in der ehemaligen Garage befindet sich einige alte Ausstellungsstücke ... more »A more super beautiful old and restored gas station on route 66 in the inner small souvenir shop is located and 66 in the former garage located some old pieces from the golden age of the route.
It was a great first stop on my small journey on Route 66. Pleasant worker, she didn't mind answering questions or sharing information. Grat place to stop and take photos and look at American History.
If you are interested at all in Route 66 you must visit this historical gas station.
Super cool place! Like stepping into a time warp
Nice stop nice stop on the historic rt 66
My 86 year old mother enjoyed looking at all of the old stuff and reminisced of time long ago.
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