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     Old Baltimore Gas Stations

Once a very common sight around town, the old  " service stations " as they were once called are getting harder to find. New gas stations , that have gas and  snacks are popping up all over town and the days of gassing up and getting your car fixed at the same place are over.

    Kilduffs is a web site which focuses on Baltimore's old movie theatres and what has happened to those old buildings. As I travel around town, I can't help but notice other old building styles that are quickly disappearing, and figured I 'd grab a picture or two of each as I passed by. The older pictures of Baltimore gas stations have been found here and there, which accounts for the sometimes less than perfect quality of the images. If you enjoyed the page, please let us know.

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Unidentified Conoco Gas Station in Baltimore City, Circa 1920's.
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       A few old drawing that were found on old ads for gas stations in Baltimore. The Spanish style roof over top the pumps were a common style of gas station found all over Baltimore back in the 1920's. While a few examples survive to this day, you won't find a open gas station still using this style. For many years, an attendant would greet you as you pulled up, pump your gas, check your oil, wash your windows, and perhaps even offer you a free map.




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 Here are a  few of the remaining examples of old style  gas stations , found here in Baltimore.
.........................Baltimore gas station
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......................Daytime shot of the same station.

 ....................West North Avenue Baltimore gas station .......................................................
This tiny 1920's era gas station sits at the corner of West North Avenue and Division Street. No longer used as a gas station, the building had housed a popular car wash, which seems to have closed.

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......Baltimnore Gas Station
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     This old Service station can be found on Park Heights Avenue, about 5 blocks south of Cold Spring Lane.
It is currently a tire store.

................Gywnns Falls Gas Sttaion Baltimore
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   The spanish tiled roof of a old gas station in West Baltimore, this one on Gywnns Falls Parkway. This station was torn down in late 2008 to make way for Coppin State College expansion.

.........................Reisterstown Road Gas Station Baltimore
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           Traveling southbound on Reisterstown Road, just before it turns into Pennsylvania Avenue, there are several old gas stations. The one above is at the corner of Elgin Avenue, and the picture right shows the station when it first opened.
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...Baltimore Gas Station Fulton Avenue
                                                           
       
This old service station has been converted into a small used car dealership. The area around Reisterstown Road and Pennsylvania Avenue has been  known for the small car dealerships through the years.
................Edmondson Avenue Baltimore gas Station
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                      In the area of Edmondson Avenue and Pulaski Street in West Baltimore City, this old 1920's gas station still has a active tire repair shop in it.  Most of the old canopy roof style gas stations built in the 1920's and 1930's in Baltimore have been torn down, but a few do remain if you look hard enough.

......Harford Road old gas Station Baltimore
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   A well kept old gas station on Harford Road in the Hamilton section of Baltimore City , which is still standing.
................Edmondson Avenue Gas Station Baltimore
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This little service station no longer has gas, but does repairs in the area on Edmondson Avenue and Pulaski Street in West Baltimore. You can find this little gem right across the street from the old gas station seen in the picture above.
.............Belair Road Baltimore gas Station
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            This 1920's circa gas station has found a new life as a foreign car repair shop. The building can be found on Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore City.

Frderick Road Gas Station Baltimore
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          As you travel out of the city on Frederick Road in Southwest Baltimore City, one can't help but notice the converted gas station just a few blocks before the county line.
..........Baltimore Gas Station Chester Street and Boston Streets Baltimore
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  One more old gas station, located in Southeast Baltimore City. The station pictured above is at Boston and Chester Streets.

......Harford Road Gas Station
.......................Harford Road , Hamilton gas station for sale


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 Old Photo from the 1930's  of the intersection of Howard Street and Centre Street in downtown Baltimore ( looking West ) , showing an old Amoco Gas Station . The site is now the " old " Greyhound Bus Station, currently  part of the Maryland Historical Society.

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.................Guilford Avenue Gas Station Baltimore
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             Another corner style gas station in Baltimore City, this one at Guilford Avenue and 24th Streets ( left ). The owners recently boarded up the openings , but the building still stands. Below is a corner service station on Mt Royal Avenue , the long since gone Goodyear Service Center.

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Goodyear service Center
           This old service  station is located on the corner of Park Heights Avenue and Oakford Avenue. The gas pumps have long been removed, but  car service was done at the location until  2005  . This style of gas station cuts into the corner of the block, allowing a gas station to operate in a block that might not have been able to support it. You can still see the "Service" sign attached to the wall next to the office.
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..................Park Hgts Heights gas Station Baltimore
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.................Park Hgts gas station Baltimore .....Park Heights Hgts Service Station Baltimore
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.......Lakewood Gas Station  Baltimore

The picture to the left is of the Lakewood Service Station at Lakewood Avenue and Eager Streets, in East Baltimore City. A recent check at the location only some remains of the old gas station.

 
1933 view of the gas station on the Northeast corner of 33rd and Greenmount Avenue. Across the street on Greenmount Avenue was the Boulevard Theatre, and just north was the Greenmount Bowling Alley. While this station no longer stands, there is still a gas station on this lot.
3300 Greenmount old gas sttaion Baltimore

   



Here's a drawing of a planned gas station at Reisterstown Road and Glen Avenue, in Northwest Baltimore City. Lord Baltimore Stations were located all over Baltimore in the 1920's.

One of Baltimore's nicest old gas stations was located near the corner of McElderry Street and North Duncan Street. This place reminded me of the old big service stations that were once all over the city, and was one station was perhaps the last example in the City of this style. These pictures were taken in early 2005.
.....................................................................................McElderry Gas Station East Baltimore

.........McElderry Gas Station Baltimore 2005
..............McElderry Gas Station Baltimore
All good things must come to an end ".

    The block long gas station came down in 2005. It had ramps for parking on both the right and left sides, and a area in the center where pumps had been. When they torn down the old station, I was surprised to see just how small the lot was the station had occupied.  I remember growing up in Baltimore and seeing a station much like this one on Howard Street around 22nd Street. That place was torn down many years ago as well.

....................................................................................Demo of McElderry Gas Station Baltimore 2005

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McElderry Gas Station demo Baltimore
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.................Demo McElderry Gas Station Baltimore

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........Reisterstown Road Esso Station Baltimore
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   A 1940's style Baltimore Gas Station, located in Northwestern Baltimore City.
This old gas station is long gone and is now an empty lot.
 

Dolly's Park Lane Esso
Reisterstown Road ( U.S. 140 )
Near Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore.


Circa 1930's gas station on Carey Street in West Baltimore City. Gas Station Carey street
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...........Baltimore Gas Station Hilton Parkway
Baltimore City has old gas stations no matter were you look. This old service station can be found on Hilton Parkway just north of Frederick Road, in Southwest Baltimore City.



    Sinclair Gas station , 25th Street at Kirk Avenue, circa 1940's. This old station has been replaced by a bank. While the area has changed a lot over the years, the old Coca Cola Bottling plant ( Right rear ) and John Deere plant ( Rear Left ) are still standing, abet to other uses.
......Sinclair Gas Station Baltimore 25th Street and Kirk Avenue

A drive north on Liberty Heights towards Baltimore County ( Woodlawn ) allows one to see several old gas station styles.

............................Liberty Hgts Gas Sttaion Baltimore
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Liberty Road in Northwest Baltimore City has a old gas station on nearly every block. A very simple design of a gas station on Liberty Heights Avenue, in Northwest Baltimore City.

Liberty Hgts Gas Station Baltimore

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Libery Hgts Gas Station Baltimore
Even gas stations from what appears to be the late 1960's to early 1970's haven't been able to keep up with the latest trends. This old gas station on Liberty Heights Avenue in Baltimore City stood abandoned for years but has recently been remodeled into a used car dealership.I believe this building was recently torn down ( 2012) .

..Fleet And Grundy gas station Baltimore
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  At Fleet Street and Grundy, sits this old 1940's style gas station.

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old gas station, US 40 Baltimore
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Just over the City Line on Pulaski Highway ( above ) sits this old gas Station. The entire strip of Pulaski Highway has been undergoing renovation, which might not fare well for this old station. This station was torn down in 2008 .


.....1960's Mobil Gas Station, Joppa Road , Towson Maryland

   A newer style Mobil station, circa 1960's, located on Joppa Road in Towson.
............Holabird Station

Baltimore City isn't the only place in the area with old gas stations to show. This old station is located on Holabird Avenue in Baltimore County . The place looks vacant as of 2006, and the overhead came down a few years ago.


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Updated -2012

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...................One of many old Service Stations awaiting it's fate on Mulberry and Smallwood Street. The site is currently a parking lot for MARC Commuter trains.



...........................Atlantic Gas Station , Baltimore
...............................Atlantic Station drawing, 1960's
.............Gas Station ad 1954
.................................Brroklyn Park Shell
/////////////////////////////////////Brooklyn Park Shell, 1957
..............1957 Sunoco station Glen Burnie
/////////////C & C Sunoco station on Ritchie Highway, late 1950's
...........................................................Esso Gas Station, 5600 The Alameda , Baltimore
The Alameda Esso Station, later a Exxon station, in the 5600 block of The Alameda. While the original station was torn down, the location remains a gas station to this day, complete with the full sized Mini mart.
 
.....Esso Station Ritchie Hwy 1950's
...............Esso Station - Ritchie Highway late 1950's
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........Sinclair gas Station - Reisterstown Road 1960's Baltimore

...........old Amoco Gas Station, Baltimore
.................Earlier Amoco Station - Baltimore



...................Shell station 1970s Baltimore
............................Shell Station - Northwest Baltimore- 1970's
...................................................................Sinclair Station Baltimore

....................Millersville Maryland Esso Station 1950's
........................Millersville Esso , Maryland 1950's
...............Ferndale Maryland car wash 1970's
......................Ferndale ( Anne Arundel County ) car wash , circa 1971
.....Ferndale Gas Station Maryland 1970d
..................BP early 1970's, Ferndale Maryland

.....................Linthicum Gas Station 1970s Maryland
..............................Linthicum service station , south of Baltimore 1971
...........................................................Exxon Station 1975
..................................................................................Westminster Maryland Exxon 1975
/////////////////Sunoco Gas Station, Baltimore
.............................Sunoco Map - circa 1960's

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........................................Harford and Moravia gas Station
...................,,,,.........Long since converted gas station, Baltimore Maryland  -   Harford Road and Moravia 2009
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...................................Amoco Washington Blvd
.........................................Amoco Gas , 2700 block of Washington Blvd. Also used as a boarding house, circa 1920's.

...........................................................................................Betholine ad Baltimore
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..........................................Inspected restroom ad

Old Ads for Amoco Gas Stations in town promoted clean rest rooms, and this old sign was found on the door of old such a station in Baltimore, still on the door to this day.
.......................................downtown Baltimore Atlantic Station
   Right in the heart of what is now prime real estate in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, these 1960's photos show a much different picture, where an old Atlantic Service station was seen as the lights of the city skyline. The gas station was torn down in the late 1960's.
...............................downtown Atlantic Gas Station Baltimore
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..................Kitz Station ...........Kitz Station ........
..........Two looks at Kitz Service Station, located in Baltimore City at Clinton Street and Baltimore Street , first from 1909 & 1936.
........................................................................Shot Tower Esso Ad
What a place for a gas station, at the base of the Shot Tower. Talk about free promotion ! I believe the building is still there, but no longer serves gas.
.....................Sunoco Baltimore
Besides pumping your gas for you, free drinking glasses and other freebies,  you also got S&H Green Stamps with your purchase.
...................Harford Rd gas Station ..............................Central Avenue
A nice example of a 1940's gas station, in nice condition, for sale on Harford Road. To the right, a survivor on Central Avenue.
.....................................................................Ad Conoco Station
An ad for the Conoco Gas Station at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Mosher Street , which is long gone.
\.....Upper Marlboro Gulf
......Mobil Maryland 1950
...Sunoco Chesapeake Beach Maryland
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A few more examples of gas stations styles in the Baltimore area, this time south of the City, around the late 1950's seen above.
..........................Sinclair Station Maryland
.................Proud Husband and wife owners of a Sinclair Gas Station in Owings, Maryland, Calvert County Maryland  1950's.
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..................Not to be outdone, a few Sinclair Stations to the north of the City, this one in Aberdeen Maryland in Harford County
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.....................................................And another in the mid 1950's, in Forest Hills ( near Belair )
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,There were also plenty of Esso Gas Stations around town as well ( Now known as Exxon ) This one was in Aberdeen .
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As Route 40 was a divided highway, this 1950's era Esso notes they have a station on both sides of the road to serve drivers no matter which way they were going.
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..................Not only could you get a fill up at this Fallston Esso Station, but they also sold all types of appliances as well.
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..A few old Sunoco's from the Harford County Area : Bauer's in Aberdeen, Wilson Sunoco in Havre de Grace and Johnson ServiceStation in Belair.
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.....................................................Texaco station in Belair Maryland ( Harford County )
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