Image From ..texasescapes.com
The small triangular building dates back to 1935. It's at 712 Coliseum Drive in Snyder and if you're in the vicinity you'll want to see this...
According to the Abilene Reporter news, two men, Franklin Bryant and Lynn Fuller, who specialize in restoring gas pumps and vintage soda machines, are restoring this Texas landmark.
The station closed about 1970 when Bushy Hedges sold it. (Yes, that was his name.) It had been a long time since the building had seen any real use.
"In fact, we just got the water hooked up," Fuller said. "There was an old water main out here that they quit using some 40 years ago and it was still hooked up to it."
Fuller, a native of Snyder, told the newspaper that when he heard talk of a possible demolition of the building he knew something had to be done. "When it came up for sale, there was talk of the city demolishing it and we weren't going to let that happen."
The building is a well-known landmark — not just in Snyder but around the state. The Sinclair station has been featured in calendars celebrating vintage gas stations.
Fuller said he intends to put a sign out in front of the station advertising a pump price from its heyday -- 29.9 cents per gallon, and he joked that he wouldn't be surprised if people tried to get gas at that price, but the pumps won't be functioning.
They don't intend to run it as a gas station; they just want to prevent the place from being torn down. And there's something to be said for that. It's gratifying.
With their vintage equipment decorating the station, Fuller said the station will serve as a showroom for their restoration efforts. He said adequate security measures will be in place to ensure the site is protected. They're even thinking of having a mannequin dressed in the Sinclair garb bearing the name Bushy on his uniform shirt.
Bryant said they're enjoying hearing stories from many of the local oldtimers who knew Bushy... and he's learned that many years ago the basement was used for more than just storing tires... They said that during Prohibition, $5 would get you two gallons of gas and a fifth of whiskey.
I'm sure in time, more 'Bushy' stories will surface and the stories, like this Sinclair station, may take on a life of their own.