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HIWAY AMERICA-The Last Shell Station, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Fuel up at the coolest gas stations across the U.S

 

Shell built eight of these beauties, and sadly this is the only one remaining. Thanks to Preservation North Carolina, we have this Shell restored to its original glory for taking all the photos your tourist heart desires.

Fuel up at the coolest gas stations across the US

There was a time when gas stations were things of beauty or roadside novelty. Sure, today some are designed to be visually stunning like this Agro-crag looking fuel stop, but most are not. Here are some of the most eye-popping gas stations to ever dot the American road. (Some are still operational!)

Jack Colker’s Union 76

Fuel up at the coolest gas stations across the US

Sometimes you build an airport and have some pieces leftover. Sometimes those pieces become the roof of a gas station. Jack Colker’s Union 76 has one of the most dramatically stunning roofs ever put on a gas station thanks to using parts originally intended for LAX. They’re still open too with many full-service pumps like the good ol’ days, just beware they charge a pretty penny for these feelings of nostalgia.

Tower Conoco Station

Fuel up at the coolest gas stations across the US

There’s not much to Shamrock, Texas, except Route 66 ran right through town. That was enough to inspire the Tower Conoco Station (and U-Drop Inn Cafe). The Great State of Texas is now working to turn the place into the coolest retro rest stop ever. (And be honest, you knew you recognized it from the movie Cars.)

Frank Lloyd Wright designed it. It was the only gas station he ever designed. Enough said? (Photo via Flickr)

 

 

Shell built eight of these beauties, and sadly this is the only one remaining. Thanks to Preservation North Carolina, we have this Shell restored to its original glory for taking all the photos your tourist heart desires.

Powell Airplane Service Station

Two brothers coupled their love of airplanes with the automobile boom to create this roadside relic. Although rumors circulate about the plane having crash landed and turned into a filling station, truth is the brothers built the “plane” to take advantage of a recent widening of U.S. 25 and all those new motorists. Today, fans of the site are trying to save the plane.

Teapot Dome Service Station

Sure, the novelty of a gas station shaped like a teapot is cute, but the backstory is even better. The Teapot Dome Service Station was built to poke fun at President Harding’s Teapot Dome Oil Scandal. The little station has been moved several times over the years, and lovers of the teapot are still trying to preserve it. (Photo credit: Larry Myhre)

Cammack Station (Pete’s Grocery)

Cammack Station operated for several decades as Pete’s Grocery in a no-stoplight rural town. When Pete’s was going you could get gas, penny candy, a deli sandwich, and all the local farmer and Hoosier basketball talk you could stand. Today, the current owners have lovingly restored and expanded Pete’s to operate as a diner called Cammack Station.

BEATNIK HIWAY -THe Flying Hillbilly Truck Driver Beloit Wisconsin

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BEATNIK HIWAY -THe Flying Hillbilly Truck Driver Beloit Wisconsin
Flying Hillbilly Truck Driver

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Hillbilly Tornado Man rivals the Mona Lisa for his subtle depiction of both intrigue and perplexity. What was Mona Lisa smiling about so enigmatically? Why is Hillbilly Tornado Man’s truck lodged 50 feet up a tree? Why does he look so satisfied about it? Was he caught in a twister? Did he literally ride the whirlwind? Did he just fucking drive it up there like an Appalachian Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Did he throw it?! Nobody knew, all they knew was the man had a chest like a barrel of meat, he could not afford an entire shirt and his goddamn truck was in a goddamn tree.

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That’s Mark Madson, and the truck behind him is actually a tree-house he built for his son, Luke, in the town of Beloit, Wisconsin. So, on the downside, the truck-in-tree was not the fantastic drunken feat of a modern day redneck Paul Bunyan, but actually just a pretty slick – if dangerously negligent – act of charity from a father to his son. None of that changes the fact that, when faced with creating a play space for his little boy, Mark Madson said “fuck you” to blueprints, cracked open a Coors Light, rammed a truck into a tree and called it a day. And it also doesn’t change the fact that, when the photographer came to do a photo shoot about it, Mark oiled up his chest-planks, threw on his formal vest and posed like he was the Captain Morgan of moonshine.

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He sails the rocky seas of the Wisconsin plains, boarding minivans and plundering trucks of Natural Ice.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-true-stories-behind-5-famous-wtf-images/#ixzz2x0lc2pTH

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