Seeing the price for a gallon of gas at 18.5 cents amazes many younger visitors and awakens memories of a disappearing element of roadside America for others. You almost expect to see an attendant pumping gas, washing the windshield, and checking the oil of the next car that rolls up.
While the station appears as if it has always been at the Gilmore Car Museum, it is actually an accurate re-creation of an early 1930s Shell Station, complete with all the tools of a full service garage from the period. Inside, you will find a vast display of Shell memorabilia, gas pump globes, and clean restrooms.
The museum is indebted to Dick Walters, Walter-Dimmick Petroleum and Shell Jobbers and Dealers throughout the state for their continued support.
Invaluable assistance also came from Robert and Sonia Turnquist, the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club and the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Tractor, Engine & Machinery Club, as well as the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the hundreds of individuals who have purchased engraved bricks used for the driveway.
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