Soulsby Service Station, Mount Olive

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The Soulsby Service Station is a historic service station in Mount Olive, Illinois. The station is located along historic U.S. Route 66 and is the oldest usable service station on the highway in Illinois. It serves as an example of the house and canopy gas station design.
Henry Soulsby built the station in 1926 after an injury forced him to leave the mining industry and operated it along with his children Russell and Ola Soulsby. His son Russell, a World War II naval communications technician, operated a radio and TV repair business out of the station as Interstate 55 diverted highway traffic away from the site in the late 1950s.
The station stopped pumping gas in 1991 and closed in 1993; plans currently exist to reopen it as a museum.
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  • We were recently in St. Louis and took a day trip to Springfield to see the Lincoln sites but I have always been fascinated by Route 66 so we stopped at a few of the sites on our way north. I am so.....  more »
  • We stopped by along the route but unfortunately, no one was around so we didn't get the chance to look around inside however, it's such a cute little gas station that brings back the route from the...  more »
  • As mentioned in the EZ66 guide following Route 66 by Jerry McClanahan, a superb restored Shell gas pump station. It appeared closed, but read the sign on window saying, " yes we are open". So tried door, but no one was inside there, so took a peek inside and it's full of old 50 and 60's relics. An old Coke vedning machine and much more. An absolute gem. They got a cool ink stamp for you to use, I stamped my hand!
  • It's adorable and has alot of history ❤️

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