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Gas Station (Abandoned)
Photo courtesy M.C. Morrissey

Here's an old abandoned gas station from Encinitas, CA. See others from the San Diego area at Roadside Peek's Petrol Pumps San Diego.

 

 

 

Union 76
Beverly Hills, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Check out the swooping lines on this one. At first glance, it appears as if this station canopy is about to blast off into space.

Union Oil Service Center in Beverly Hills with its sweeping canopies is a masterpiece of space age architecture. This futuristic service station was built in 1965 by the architectural firm of William Pereira & Associates. (Info courtesy Adriene Biondo)

 

Union 76
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

(Top) Here's a look at the mural inside the gas station with a rendering of the fantastic architecture.

 

 

Gas Station
Stanton, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's an old gas station sporting its steel boomerang fins. The angles hint of motion making one feel like just gassing up and hitting the road.

 

 

Royal Gas
Pomona, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

At the Royal Gas in Pomona, CA, check out the fins as they reach for the heavens. Here's a station that's rather jet age looking.

 

 

ARCO
Covina, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The huge overhand out front of this ARCO gas station means that this station is ready to be converted into a space port.

 

 

Savon Gas
Photo courtesy Sal Garcia

But alas it is now decades later, and gas stations have long gone commercial. But, fortunately some of the old petrol pumps of yesteryear still exist in all their futuristic modern glory. However, the old saying still holds true. Don't smoke while pumping gas.

With their swooping manta-like rooftops to triangular overhangs, these old petrol stations have found a warm place in the automotive culture. So pay a visit to your nearest retro station. Your car may still ping and the gallon of gas may not be cheaper, but at least you'll discover 2 minutes of roadside enchantment in your day.

 

 

Avalon Gas Pumps
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

With their pumps standing guard, many of these gas stations are mere skeletons of their heydey. Due to recent government regulations, many mom and pop stations ended up closing their doors due to the high cost of retrofit.

 

 

Anaheim Auto
Wilmington, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This gas station looks like a throwback to a War of the Worlds character. Check out the industrial looking legs of the Anaheim Auto.

 

 

 

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