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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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  • This is one of the nicest vintage gas stations we saw on our Route 66 roadtrip. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited, but it was still fun seeing the exterior. Check out the vehicle lift on... 
    This is one of the nicest vintage gas stations we saw on our Route 66 roadtrip. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited, but it was still fun seeing the exterior. Check out the vehicle lift on...  more »
  • Great place to stop and take some pics. I love these old gas stations that have been restored. It wasn't open, but still great photos. 
    Great place to stop and take some pics. I love these old gas stations that have been restored. It wasn't open, but still great photos.  more »
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  • A timecapsule of bygone days on Historic Route 66. There is a visitors book inside. A must see place on Route 66 The old style gas pumps,bring back memories,to us citizens over 25+++
  • I Loved it and that I could go in, it looked closed at first since there wasn't anybody there to host but indeed it was open and we got to look around by ourselves I wish I took pictures but that's what memories are for.

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