Keep the Show on the Road! Posted May 12, 2008 Report Share Posted May 12, 2008 The Sutherland service station is an interesting site (N 41.156132, W 101.135928) along the old Lincoln Highway (and the Hypotenuse Trail) in Nebraska, but it is not well documented. There is no written record that Bonnie and Clyde stopped here, nor have there been any sightings recently of the ghost of the headless station attendant. The chair propped against the wall in the abandoned office was not the one used by James Dean, and so far as anyone knows Al Capone did not run a speak easy in the building next door. Taking my tongue out of my cheek for a moment, if anyone has information to provide, I hope you will share it with us. I know Brian Butko featured this station in one of his Lincoln Highway newsletters. Based on a 1993 survey of historical buildings in Lincoln County, it is circa 1927. Nothing else is noted... The cottage design was used by Phillips 66 and perhaps others, as suggested in photos on these and other sites: http://www.agilitynut.com/gas/ok.html http://www.unioncountyiowatourism.com/VC.htm http://www.losttulsa.com/2007/05/phillips-...nd-opening.html The Hypotenuse Trail Chief Trail Blazer/ Pathfinder (me) stopped here at 1:13 PM CDT on April 24, 2008 as I pioneered the famed “Slice Across America” route. I photographed the interior of the building and the surrounding site, and collected an artifact that was on the pump island. So far as is known, these images are the only recent multi media photographic records of the site available to the public on line…..tell your friends you saw it here! In the “investigation” process, a “Mystery Pit” was discovered. As an old time service station attendant, I can’t identify a purpose for the pit. It is too shallow and narrow to have served as a service pit, it is not evidently designed to collect rain or water run off, and has no other evident utility. So what was it? I’m thinking buried treasure..…..no, I better not even joke about that or someone might take me seriously and dig up a historical site. But what purpose did the pit serve? Someone out there has a post card or photo of this or a similar station. You can see this one in your mind’s eye….station building on the left, platform, perhaps with tires or other items for sale, and pump island, .probably with a post on its left side with sign, perhaps Phillips 66. But why the pit? And why a pump island so far from the cottage? Doesn’t it rain and snow in Nebraska? Perhaps the cottage was moved? It is in the same place as a 1993 picture in the historical survey noted above. Any ideas? See the Video! (Be patient on 5/11. If it hasn't been processed yet by Vimeo, try a couple of hours later) Keep the Show on the Road! Dave Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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