As mentioned last week, Gulf Oil was the first company to sell gas to automobiles at purpose-built, off-street locations in the latter part of the 1910s. Prior to that, gasoline was commonly sold from a curbside pump. Folks lining up on the street to purchase fuel no doubt caused traffic flow problems as cars & trucks began to grow in number. The image below shows one such curbside pump up in Corinth. On the right side of the image, this pump was installed between 1913 & 1924 when it appears on the Sanborn maps as indicated by a buried gasoline tank.
The gasoline tank for the pump was indicated as still being there in the 1949 Sanborn map, but that doesn’t give any indication if the pump was still operating at that late a date. Here is that same view today (c.October 2016) where both the pump and the building behind it have disappeared.
These pumps were once quite common in Mississippi. Does anyone know where such a curbside pump might still exist?
Did you enjoy this post on a Mississippi Gas Station? Consider checking out these other “Friday is a Gas” posts.
- Friday is a Gas: Curbside Gas Pumps (c.1910-c.1925)
- Friday is a Gas: Commercial Block Service Stations c.1920-c.1930
- Friday is a Gas: Gulf Gas Stations c.1920-c.1930
- Friday is a Gas: Sinclair Station c.1930s
- Friday is a Gas: Classical Revival Stations c.1930-?
- Friday is a Gas: Pan Am/Amoco Stations c.1930-c.1940
- Friday is a Gas: Cities Service Stations c.1930 – c.1950
- Friday is a Gas: Teague & The Icebox (1937-c.1955)
- Friday is a Gas: Lion Stations c.1940
- Friday is a Gas: Humble c.1950-c.1960
- Friday is a Gas: Phillips 66 Stations c.1950-c.1970s
- Friday is a Gas: Humble, Enco, Esso, and Exxon c.1960-c.1970
- The Matawan Texacos of Mississippi (1965-c.1975)
- Friday is a Gas: Booth Form Gas Stations c.1960s-c.1980