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.