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Lamar Tire Service (Shamrock Station)

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Shamrock Station
1932, W. G. Brown. 501 N. Main St. (northwest corner of Sherman St.)
  • Lamar Tire Service (Shamrock Station) (Tom Noel)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Petrified wood from Two Buttes in Baca County covers the east and south elevations of this gas station, with logs four feet in diameter framing the front service bay, doorway, and window. The thick log specimens, said to be 150 million years old, were stacked vertically to culminate in a spiky, irregular parapet. W. G. Brown, a Lamar lumber dealer, conceived and executed the design to immortalize an otherwise standard concrete block Shamrock Station. The “Petrified Wood Gas Station” earned a listing in Ripley's Believe It or Not and survives as a tire service shop.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Lamar Tire Service (Shamrock Station)", [Lamar, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 384-384.

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