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Magnolia Gas Station

By the 1920’s there were more than 15,000 gas stations all over the United States. The gas station had replaced the barbershop and become the new social gathering place for men.

This gas station was built in Winters, Texas and originally had one pump. Pumps like the one you see here are called visible pumps. When the service man would start pumping the gas by hand he could watch to see the visible tank fill up before releasing it into your vehicle. This way he knew exactly how much you had purchased.  In 1943 it was turned into a Texaco Station.

This Day in Texas History

  • 1883 On this day in 1883, the Fifty Cent Act was repealed. The act, advocated by Governor O. M. Roberts and passed in July 1879, provided for the selling of Texas land for fifty cents an acre, with one-half of the proceeds to be used to pay down the public debt and the other half to establish a permanent school fund. The act opened to settlement about fifty-two Texas counties, in which the state sold 3,201,283 acres for $1,600,641.55. The Fifty Cent Act was repealed as a public necessity due to fraudulent land speculation

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Taylor County History Center
133 N. William Street
Buffalo Gap, Texas 79508

Museum: 325-572-3365
Offices: 325-572-3974