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Gas For Less! (Than 2018 Prices)

According to recent news reports, gas prices this summer will be among the highest we’ve seen in recent years, averaging an increase of roughly 33 cents a gallon. So it seems like a good time to seek some refuge in local gas stations from our distant past. We’ll start with a look at one of the oldest service stations we can find, operated by the Cox family on Trade Street in the Jonesboro section of the county in 1929.

For much of the 1940s & 1950s, Carthage Street was considered “gas station row,” with a handful of stations located pretty much right next to each other.  Here’s a picture that provides us with a view of 3 different ones side-by-side-by-side.

Next is a view of yet another Carthage station a little further down the street at the intersection with Steele. This Esso station, seen here in the 1940s, generated a lot of business, in large part, due to its location at one of Sanford’s busiest intersections.

The road we know today as Horner Boulevard (formerly Endor Street) has also always had a number of service stations.  Here we see a Phillips 66 station from the 1950s.

In that same timeframe, there was also a Phillips 66 gas station located at 502 Carthage Street (where the Cutting Edge Hair Salon, among other businesses is based today). This also seems like a good time to note that these were truly “service” stations in those days. Gas station attendants actually came up to the driver’s window to find out how much gas the customer wanted, then pumped the gas and completed the transaction.  “Self service” stations didn’t become popular until the 1970s.

As our final pit stop, let’s also make note that baseball season is underway, and visit the service station that was owned and operated in the 1950s by Hank Nesselrode. Hank was a popular player for the Sanford Spinners minor league team. He settled in Sanford and got into the gas station business after his career was over.

Editorial content, pictures and research background, compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase.