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The evolution of gas stations in Wisconsin

Are We There Yet? Fill'er Up: The Evolution of Gas Stations in Wisconsin


The gas station developed in the early 20th century to provide fuel and other products to a growing number of drivers. Gas stations replaced the livery stable, a filling station precursor, that had provided all of the necessary items for travel in a convenient location. Although livery stables initially offered automotive supplies, it was ill-equipped to handle automobile traffic and was soon replaced with structures more accomodating to cars. This online exhibit explores the development of gas stations from a modest shed to a full-scale service and convenience center.

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Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
Automobile Culture
Creator: Wisconsin History Explorer
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Citation: "Are We There Yet? Fill'er Up: The Evolution of Gas Stations in Wisconsin." Wisconsin History Explorer. (Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1321; Visited on: 4/15/2014
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