Burlington Service Station | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society


Burlington Service Station

Burlington Service Station | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Filling station built in 1927, at 148 West Chestnut Street, by Jack Hansen.
Filling station built in 1927, at 148 West Chestnut Street, by Jack Hansen.
Image ID:63933
Creation Date: 2008
Creator Name:Fay, Mark
Collection Name:WHS Press Fill 'er Up
Original Format Type:digital file
Original Format Number:0903000014
Original Dimensions:4080 X 3014 pixels
Appears in Fill 'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations by Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, page 89 Initially incorrectly described as the first filling station in the community. Per an email from Don Vande Sand of the Burlington Historical Society, the first Burlington filling station was actually a Lockwood station opened in April 1921 on the corner of Jefferson and Pine Streets. Newspaper accounts of the opening can be found in the Free Press 04-14-1921: "Burlington-Lockwood Oil to open a filling station at Jefferson & Pine sts. on April 16, 1921. Station to be in charge of Earl Hamer and William Sorenson." Also in the Standard Democrat 4/15/21. The next week the Free Press of 4/28/21 reported that there was a band concert at the opening. The second station to open was a Standard Oil station in 1923. The newspaper references on that one are: Free Press 06-07-1923 "Standard Oil Co. applied to erect filling station on Dodge & Chestnut sts.; all of lot 2, block 2, west of Wisconsin Central / Soo Line railroad tracks." Free Press 07-26-1923 "Standard Oil Co. putting in foundation for new station on lot on Chestnut st. near Soo Line crossing." Standard Democrat 08-03-1923 "Standard Oil erecting new station on corner of Dodge & Chestnut sts. Property bought from T. J. Cunningham estate several years ago." Jack Hansen did not buy the property on which he built his station until 1926 and did not open his station until 1927. The articles on his opening are: Free Press 6/2/27 - opened for business May 28. Free Press 06-16-1927 "Hansen Oil Co. - formal opening to be held June 22." Standard Democrat 6/17/27 - "Hansen Oil station now open; description; ad and photo."
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