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Shea's Gas Station, Springfield

#39 of 48 in Things to do in Springfield
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Shea's Gas Station Museum Center piece The Mahan Filling Station located on Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois was transformed from a working Texaco, and later Marathon, station into a world-renowned museum by owner Bill Shea and his wife Helen. The museum contains an eclectic mix of vintage gas station memorabilia collected over the last fifty years including the original gas pumps, wooden phone booths, signs, photos, and other mementos reminiscent of old Route 66 service stations. In February 2000, the former Mahan's Station, rumored to be the oldest filling station in Illinois, was moved 21 miles to its current location at Fulgenzi's. It has since been fully restored. The museum’s guestbook boasts visitors from all over Europe and Asia and has become a destination for international travelers exploring the Mother Road. Due to his commitment to preserving Route 66 history and gas station memorabilia, plus his many years of quality service to his customers, Bill Shea and his shop were inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in 1993. The entire Shea family was inducted in 2002. Bill Shea died in December 2013 and the gas station was sold. The museum contents were auctioned in 2015. The Fulgenzi Family Saved the Museums Center piece, The Mahan Filling Station and its now open to the Public at Fulgenzi's Pizza & Pasta 1168 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62702.
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  • They have sold the property and had an auction. they are no longer open for visitors. There are many other attractions for the route 66 travelers to see.  more »
  • Unfortunately owner passed away and the station was sold along with belongings. :-( The person who bought some of the items is hoping someday to make it another Rt 66 attraction  more »

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