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The Airplane Filling Station – Knoxville, Tennessee


Chances are that you have seen a photo or a postcard of this well known and interesting gasoline station in the past. Just recently we were able to learn the full details of the Texaco Airplane Filling Station, which was built in 1929 by Henry and Elmer Nickle (pictured). The unique landmark was located on the Clinton Highway (near Callahan Road) in Knoxville, Tennessee. See all the details of this unique piece of Americana  in the thumbnails (below).


Photo courtesy of the Knox County Public Library. This station reminds us of an earlier post here about The Fish Inn and gasoline station. Many more  old filling station photos can be found here on The Old Motor.

6 responses to “The Airplane Filling Station – Knoxville, Tennessee

  1. David,
    Just can’t get enough of these old service station pictures. I would imagine this one is long gone, which is sad if it is. This is art in its own right, and should be preserved for posterity. You know, historical value.

  2. Hi : Just checking to see how the station is coming alone haven’t hear anything lately hope things are going well. Let me know how things go every now and then thanks A.C. Holt

  3. Yes this filling station is still there the last time I talk to Rock Bernard who is in charge of raising money to restore the station so I build a Diorama of it and had a clear acrylic cover made for it and sent it to them to auction off to help raise money.

  4. Yes it’s still there. It has been remodeled. The preservation group is trying to get it added as a registered landmark. This station was built by my great Grandfather. We are very pleased with the outcome.

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