First Service Station

Celebrating 100 Years

Larry Jewett - November 27, 2013 09:17 AM
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Sunday (December 1) marks the centennial anniversary of the first automobile service station. The station, built on Baum Boulevard at St. Clair in Pittsburgh, was opened by Gulf Oil.
 The few motorists that used the horseless carriage previously had to pull up to a general store or a hardware store to get fuel. Even some blacksmith shops were outlets for the gasoline until the arrival of the first service station. Baum Boulevard was chosen as the location due to the fact that a number of dealerships were found along that route.
 In addition to gas, the Gulf station offered free air and water. It was here that road maps were sold and believed to be the outlet of the first commercial road maps in the U.S.