Updated – Three months ago Frank Barrett sent in a photo of Johnson’s Corner Filling Station in Longmont, CO. The image was a promotional shot for the Carmony Neon Sign Company.
Frank also sent in the lead photo that he took a couple of weeks ago and added: “While taking my wife out for lunch, I accidentally discovered that the Johnson’s Corner gas station in the April 23, 2015, post still exists! It’s been moved to the Prospect New Town housing and office development just south of Longmont, set on a new concrete foundation and is evidently awaiting restoration.”
Update – Reader Kevin McQuown has brought us up to speed with the situation: “A contractor moved the building to the property ten years ago and spent $300,000 to do so. He has applied to the state several times to get funding to restore it but keeps getting denied. The residents of Prospect New Town apparently do not care about the building’s history at this point and want to have it demolished because no further work has been done.” Can anyone step in and help to save it?
Prospect New Town is a development in the New Urbanism manner. The movement first started in 1993 promotes planned neighborhoods containing a range of housing and jobs. It uses many of the same urban design practices from the late 1800s and early 1900s. After the turn of the century the automobile soon offered mobility and made living outside of the center of a city or town possible.
A search of the news in the Longmont area did not turn up any results about the station. Hopefully, a reader in the area will be to tell us exactly what is in store for the building. You can learn more about Prospect New Town here and view 100s of vintage filling stations photos here.