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Westbrook Esso Museum (Loar's Service Station)

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Loar's Service Station
1927. Southwest corner of Price and High sts.
  • Westbrook Esso Museum (Loar's Service Station) (S. Allen Chambers, Jr.)
  • Westbrook Esso Museum (Loar's Service Station) (Rhonda Reymond)

This perfect period piece conjures images of jalopies with rumble seats and running boards and of a time when a soda pop cost a nickel and a uniformed attendant cheerfully answered the command: “Fill 'er up.” The one-story stuccoed service station is set at an angle to the street corner, its red tile hipped roof extending as a canopy to cover two gas pumps. A Bonnie-andClyde-era Chevy truck, loaded with stacked wooden cartons of empty Coca-Cola bottles, is permanently parked in front, and period automobile memorabilia are scattered in and about the station. A sign posted on the door proclaims “Sound horn, we'll open.”

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Westbrook Esso Museum (Loar's Service Station)", [Kingwood, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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