Hiding down a winding road that connects Harcum with Route 14 in Gloucester is the site of an old Texaco station. This sign is all that is left.
It's a great sign.
But it looks so lonesome standing there on the side of the road all by itself.
This old Texaco emblem can still be seen in various places around Mathews and Gloucester. Short Lane Ice Cream, a former post office and general store, still sports a Texaco sign above the entrance. The old service station that's now a car wash at Edgehill used to be a Texaco, although I believe they've painted over the beautiful old sign. (It truly pains me to think that someone painted over that antique sign.)
Not too long ago there was a Texaco station at Hyco Corner in Mathews, where the infamous Hardees now stands. (Hardees is infamous because it has The Longest Drive Through Wait Ever In Recorded History. Slower than molasses in January does not even come close to characterizing the pace.)
Although I may be confusing buildings, isn't the Dilly Dally Emporium in a brick building that has a Texaco insignia near the roof? I know I've seen the Texaco star somewhere but my
ADD inability to retain details prevents me from specifying exactly where in the court house I saw it.
The Curves here in Mathews used to be a Gulf station that my sister and I rode bikes to for the sole purpose of purchasing penny candy. Nowadays you'd be run over flatter than a pancake if you tried to ride a bicycle along Route 198.
And now, recognizing that I could go way off on a tangent involving penny candy or riding bikes with my sister, I will draw this to a close so we don't drift too far off course.
If you have any memories of some of the old service stations, please chime in.
And pass the penny candy. I'll take a root beer barrel, a fireball; some Pixy Stix and a pack of candy cigarettes.