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Bill's Service Station

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c. 1925. US 34 (New York Ave.) at Lincoln St.

One of the “musts” for devotees of roadside architecture, this station consists of a large horizontal steel drum placed on low concrete walls. A second large drum placed on edge projects above the building as a tower to announce the presence of the station. In front, the service bay has a flat roof surmounted in the center by a hooped roof composed of a third metal drum.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Bill's Service Station", [Creston, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 323-323.

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