Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Ol Zephyr Gas Station…GONE!

We are back in Wilma’s home town of Dixon, KY. staying at the local 5 room hotel. The locals kiddingly call it the Dixon Hilton.
We don’t mind staying here as the price is very reasonable and there used to be a gas station/convenience/deli store right next door. I say “used to be” because this year we witnessed a major change.
This photo was taken 2 years ago. Wilma with her sister Connie sitting in front of our room at the Dixon Hotel, showing the gas station next door.
The station and the hotel was owned by Jimmy, and last year the station was closed. We told him that we really miss the convenience of the station. He mentioned to us that he was looking to sell the complete complex because of health reasons. Curiously I asked him what his asking price was. He said $250,000 for the station and another $250,000 for the hotel. I wished him luck but it was a little over my price range. Confused smile
It seems that he found a buyer of the station because we noticed when we arrived here on Tuesday evening there was plenty of heavy equipment in the lot. To the right of the station some of the land was cleared and leveled.
On Wednesday we went visiting Wilma’s relatives. When we returned in the evening the station was gone! Surprised smile The roof structure that was over the pumps was leaning on one side. The demolition had started.
As we continued to watch the progress of the men and their heavy dozers and other equipment, we were joined by Wilma's’ brother Eddie and his wife Beth, and her cousin Linda. There was plenty of talk between them of the past when they used to work at the station. Wilma was a cashier and Eddie was a manager at one time. They grew up around the ol Zephyr gas station.
There goes the roof that used to be over the pumps
Through the years it changed owners, and additions were made to the station. A small “party store” with grill was added. Later a small diner was added so the locals could sit drinking their coffee in the morning and solve the problems of the world. Also the burgers and fries and other sandwiches were great for lunch.
What's left of the building.
With the opening of other stations and Diner’s in the small town of Dixon, there was just too much competition and “Jimmy” decided he just wanted to close it down and sell it.
The remains of the building is covered over with dirt from the "Hill at the High School Football Field".
I’m sure the “Ol Zephyr Gas Station” will be missed by the locals for years to come.
We were told that in place of the station, a new building will be built to repair heavy trucks and equipment. Hopefully for Jimmy, owner of the Hotel, there won’t be too much noise from the new business that will hurt his Hotel business. I guess time will tell.

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Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

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