Monday, January 19, 2015

Long-Gone Business

This property in a tiny town in a neighboring county remains for sale. If memory serves, I think it used to be a gas station that closed up shop at least 15-20 years ago.
Old rusted window grates and bars. Corrugated metal siding showing lots of age. The door knob replaced by a chain.
 The vines have been having their way for many years.
Linking to Rubbish Tuesday

126 comments:

Knipsa Passtscho said...

I would love to move in and bring it back to live. Has a real nice front porch :))
Have a great Monday!
【ツ】Knipsa

Tom said...

This is what I think of as an old fashion southern gas station/store. Tom The Backroads Traveller

magnoliasntea said...

It does have a comfortable homey feel. I miss the good ol' days.

eileeninmd said...

There are similar old gas stations around here.. I have seen some redone and made into cute coffee to go shops.. Have a happy day!

DJan said...

Somebody will buy it someday and it will come back to life. But until then, it's an interesting old place, Tex. :-)

Ramakant Pradhan said...

It has the feel of a previous era, a time gone by. Lovely shots!

Dicky Bird said...

That is a neat old building - would love to see someone remodel it.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I see places like this and think, what a cool place for a coffee shop.

Revrunner said...

Those were the days. Or were they?

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A nice old building. It would probably take a lot of remodeling, though. Great pictures.

Bev said...

Great captures of the building... I don't know why...but I love the looks of the old buildings!!

William Kendall said...

It certainly has the look of an old station, but it would need a lot of work.

Kathy said...

It's sad that there are so many of these in the rural areas of our state.

S. J. Qualls said...

Makes you wonder what happened to the owners. It's sad to see something that was together, falling apart.

Barb Brookbank said...

I would imagine it's the land that would hold the value of that property, but I can see the beauty in that building ... so much rustic goodness ...

messymimi said...

It makes me want to adopt the place and restore it!

DeniseinVA said...

Eileen's comment about making these places into coffee shops, what a neat idea. In actual fact there is an old gas station near us that is a general store with an Iris pub in the back. Thanks for joining in my guessing game. I have the answer up now. Have a great week :)

Fireblossom said...

May I have five dollars worth of ethyl, please? Hello? Um...

Boy, the service here is terrible!

EG CameraGirl said...

How sad to see it falling apart!

Sally Crowe said...

There was an old building like that for many, many years that was my "guide" to turn going over home to W. FL. :)

Linda Kay said...

Hi, there...you do have to wonder why they don't take it down. There may be some issue with the EPA for the gas barrels under the ground. The demolition might be very expensive!

Janey and Co. said...

I don't know why but I love coming across an old place like this. puts me n touch with my youth. Many don't know it but as a small child I walked to a station similar to this to buy kerosene for our latern. long story. maybe I'll write a book someday....Janey

Julia said...

I bet that little place was a fun place to gather years ago and it probably had regular customers and some strangers stoping for a tank of gas and a package of cigarette and chewing gum, a pop or a bag of chip. I can picture the old gas pump.

It looks like it's had better days.

Hugs,
JB

Rose said...

I bet at one time it had a liar's bench outside...I bet at one time a lot of life passed through those doors.

bas said...

met recht oude glorie.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Oh, it doesn't look like used to be the gas station. Kind of sad without having owner foe such a long time.
As senior citizens population growing, we see many empty houses in Japan. And one of the political issues; whew I need to deal with it for my empty house p:-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Molly TheWally said...

Sad old place.Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Leovi Leovi said...

Deserves to find a buyer and a good renovation!

ladyfi said...

It has its own special charm.

Farm Girl said...

It could be turned into something nice I think. Too bad it is so far away. :)

Mersad said...

Love the signs of time that have wasted the surroundings.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

don said...

A fine example of nature reclaiming an old building over time. Many old filling stations were victims of freeway expansion that left towns with much less traffic.

MarkD60 said...

The vines on the ceiling are especially interesting.

Mary Hone said...

Love those old buildings!

Marit Sønstebø said...

It looks very old and rusty, but very nice! :)

DIMI said...

That is a neat old building,Tex!
Great captures!Have a lovely week!
Dimi...

Tammie Lee said...

long gone indeed
it is always interesting to see buildings that nature is taking back

Sylvia K said...

Old buildings like this always stir old memories!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

A neat old rustic building!

John's Island said...

What a classic place ... interesting and neat photos!

Irma said...

This is a pretty rundown gas station.
Have a great week.
Best regards, Irma

Stephanie Faris said...

Memories of a different time.

Marie said...

What a great old building! I hope someone buys it and fixes it up and turns it into a business...maybe selling antiques! :-)

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I just love finding places like this during our travels. So, four aunts who were nuns? Did you miss your calling? :)

ellen abbott said...

This reminds me of the old country store down the road from where my aunt and uncle lived in the country in east Texas. Wasn't a gas station though. Probably won't get a buyer looking like that.

Jeevan said...

Pretty old structure! Still standing hopefully to renovate and reuse.

Ms. A said...

Dreams turned to dust. Lots of those around here, too.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, really love seeing the wonderful old buildings, but also sad. Francine.

Snapper II said...

I'll bet it's been closed more than 15 or 20 years. I love this post. I remember these type Store Stations. Some have reopened as other types where the store part is an office or a place where customers would pay for feed & seed or plants and landscaping. and a whole list of other stuff.

thepoodleanddogblog said...

Memories of gasoline being a quarter a gallon and you got someone to fill your tank.

Cranberry Morning said...

Why is it that we're so drawn to those old buildings. Great pics!

Amy Burzese said...

Perfectly abandoned. My fav type of place.

Red said...

These are rather sad situations. Here , most such properties the buildings are bulldozed. It cuts down on the vandalism.

Trollstubben foto said...

The old house has a story to tell.
Weathered, but beautiful in its age.

SuperLux said...

Looks like a peaceful house. :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Looks like so many other abandoned places we saw down South and when visiting my sis...sad...:)JP

Debbie said...

oohhhh it's lovely rubbish!!

Atlas said...

It is really interesting how nature starts to reclaim mans creations after time. Nice photo!

Pantherka said...


But it looks beautiful. I'm surprised that so far nobody even not bought homestead.

Terry and Linda said...

I always wonder what the memories are in old buildings...who built it, what joys were in it...everything!

Linda
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Sandra said...

it is a tired old building and i bet we would be shocked it it could tell us stories from the past. maybe it was a gas station/slash police lock up with all those bars.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Old buildings but full of charm.
Greetings.

Stephen Hayes said...

It's easy to see pictures like this and think about the people who lived or worked here, the hopes and dreams they must have had. And I can't help but be curious about where they might have gone, what happened to them.

Country Wife said...

Wow great picture

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like it has seen better days. There's an old gas station in a town near me that closed about 13 years ago. So far it's not in too bad of shape. The sheriff used to park in its parking lot at the edge of town to keep an eye out for speeders.

mick said...

Great photos of an interesting old building. I am never sure if places like that are an "eye-sore" or a piece of history than needs to be looked after and restored!

Mary Kirkland said...

I love finding old places like that. Great pictures.

RedPat said...

And yet it still stands!

Gert said...

Love old gas stations like this one. I've seen some that have been fixed up also!

Anvilcloud said...

The going-to-rot look has a definite photographic appeal.

Nancy J said...

With a little, well in reality a huge amount of TLC, this could be a family home, think of the stories it would tell to the new owners.Lovely story photo series, as always.

Gosia k said...

it was nice building in the past

Mari said...

Still for sale after 20 year? I wonder if somebody will ever buy and take over finally.

Munir said...

I am sure some one around thee has a lot of things they can remember about this place. Quaint.

Bob Bushell said...

I could live in that, with rusts.

Fjällripan said...

It has surely been a nice place once, but now it looks a little scary...I guess I have seen to many horror movies...:)

Becca said...

Interesting old place. Too bad someone couldn't re-do it and turn it into a shop of some sort.

Pom Pom said...

Old wrecked places that were once going concerns are SAD, don't you think?

Our photos said...

I love these abandoned objects. You can see nature is taking over. Very very nice !!

bailey-road.com said...

The vines are taking over.

nookworm said...

I get special "feelings" when near these old places. There are still faint memories remaining when I see these.

Lynn said...

Amazing how the vines grow and attach to anything:@)

Lois said...

It looks a little sad. When I was growing up, my grandparents ran a little grocery store in a tiny town in Georgia that looked something like this.

SweetMarie said...

It's sad to see old buildings sometimes. It would be so great if someone could find a use for it. :)

Michelle said...

This looks like it could be right down the road from me.

Stephanie said...

I would have loved to take pictures of this place, so many photo ops. Great post!

Brian King said...

Talk about neglected! I doubt it would last another 20. I miss those kinds of gas stations.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Wow. It's in pretty bad shape. The vines look like they sucked the life right out of it. Lots of good material in it though. Poor old thing. blessings ~ tanna

LV said...

Sad to see such a place in this condition. I am sure at one time it was a popular hang out for folks.

Buttons said...

Evening Tex I bet it was somethin' in its hey day. Hug B

Brk Trt said...

A lonely service station.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i wonder about it? i bet it was a real happening place. lots of gossip and chit chatting too. ( :

Robin Lamb said...

T, when I see a place like this I always think of the generations of people that were a part of this little building one way or another!

stardust said...

It has its own beauty with age but it’s apparent the need of total renovation or maybe reconstruction. I hope it would have a new owner and start the second life.

Yoko

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Love how you photographed the building, you made it seem warm and welcoming in it's own way, I guess what I am trying to say is it's beautiful.

Kate said...

Sure does look like an old filling station. In a town of higher population it could be turned into another kind pif shop. I like it.

Justin Carfagnini said...

It's fascinating watching how mother nature slowly takes back what was once open land.

Paula said...

It's design seems like it would have been a gas station. Interesting!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
When viewing such abandoned property my thought is always: 'Is there no relative left...?'
Hugs,
Mariette

Randy said...

It needs some love.

Cloudia said...

So suggestive, haunting, and a pool of great photos!



ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I bet it was a great place in it's day!

Felicia said...

what a beauty it must have been in its day and its sad its day is done.

Gail Dixon said...

Very charming even in its dilapidated state. Nice find!

KB Bear said...

It's kind of neat to see mother nature reclaiming what was a human place. We pass an old gas station that looks like that when we drive to Moab. It makes me ponder the past and wonder why no one wants to rejuvenate the site for another business.

Small Kucing said...

the place feels kinda sad to me

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I love these old places.

It has a cousin in our community:

http://www.greensborodailyphoto.com/2013/05/old-jamestown.html

Janis
Greensboro, NC, USA

Paul said...

This place has got to be old... I don't think I've ever seen a gas station with a brick chimney before!

Rita said...

The vines probably make it look much better in the summer. ;)

Indrani said...

Wonder how many stories it has to tell us! Great captures.

Liz Needle said...

So sad to see these old places derelict and unloved. It was probably a bustling little business years ago. Now I guess the townsfolk go to the larger towns for discount fuel.

Lynne said...

Makes my mind swirl with who, what, where, when, why stuff . . . great pictures to aid my wondering.
The vine seemed to find its way with its own kind of wondering . . .

Tanya Breese said...

aw i hope someone purchases it and fixes the place up...i has so much potential to shine!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

It looks pretty good for being unattended so long. I gotta remember that meme

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Can you imagine at one time this building was in great shape with the hustle and bustle of work and people around. Great photos!

Judy said...

I love those vines!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The vines will probably eat it completely some year!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Amazing that someone is still trying to sell the old place. Looks like it would be best to bulldoze it down and start over. :) Nevertheless, a good remembrance of time gone by.

Lindy

Karen S. said...

I totally like these kinds of places. It's always fun to just think about who and what life was like back in the days and then I often wonder, why? Why doesn't someone claim it still?

Laura. M said...

Long abandoned :((

Gail said...

It saddens me to see old places falling down.

edenhills said...

It definitely looks like it need some TLC.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

don't you just love finding old buildings that use to have life with people coming and going!! Hope someone buys it and opens something in it!!

Helma said...

Hmmm .... this can not cost much as I agree the state of the house view. However, a very nice photography object;-)

Donna said...

What a neat place. I love to photograph places like that.

Hilary said...

It evokes thoughts of its past life/lives. Not an attractive place but it has its own kind of beauty.

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