Historic Route 66 - Sprague's Super Service - Normal, Illinois, USA.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 40° 31.060 W 088° 58.841
16T E 332207 N 4487100
Quick Description: Sprague's Super Service is a historic independent gas station on Route 66. A Tudor revival building constructed in 1931 by William Sprague to house a service station, restaurant and garage. Located in Normal, Bloomington, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 6/17/2014 5:28:41 AM
Waymark Code: WMKYTR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
An historic example of Americana on Route 66 - Sprague's Super Service Station - Old Route 66 now 305 East Pine St., Normal, Bloomington, Illinois.

From the National Park Web Site:

"The first gas stations along Route 66 were simple curb side pumps outside general stores. By the late 1920s, the Mother Road supported stand-alone gas stations--usually two pumps beneath a canopy with a simple office attached. Over time, gas station buildings became more substantial. Sprague’s Super Service in Normal, Illinois, may well represent the apex of this trend.

By 1931, when William Sprague built his station, most of the nation’s gas stations were affiliated with major oil companies such as Pure Oil, Phillip’s Petroleum, or Texaco. Architects for these companies provided functional, standardized station designs. Drivers could glance at a white building with three green stripes, for example, and know at once that because of the recognizable icon it was a Texaco station." Text Source: (visit link)

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Program: America's Byways

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Official Name: Historic route 66.

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