MILL PARK TEXACO SERVICE STATION - 950 EAST MAIN

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MILL PARK TEXACO SERVICE STATION - 950 EAST MAIN

950
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
~1937
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  • Submitted by retired English... on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 12:44am

    I wish I could remember all the names of the fine men who worked at this location as well as the E.Main/Alston Ave. spot because they were wonderful people. I recall one gentleman whose first name was Melvin. When he died very suddenly, I felt as if a family member had passed away. My grandfather always traded with them long after he moved away from Edgemont. I have vivid memories of buying gas at the 2nd location on the way home from long teaching days at Hillside High School. They always treated me like a daughter, and I was confident my 1968 Plymouth Satellite was in tip-top shape because of them.

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  • Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:11pm by gary

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950
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
~1937
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 

 


12.05.10

The Mill Park Texaco Service Station was built on the corner of the Durham Hosiery Mill Park in ~1937. By the 1950s, it had been converted from a stand-and-awning filling station to a more 'cottage style' service station, then known as Mill Park Texaco.


Station on the corner of Mill Park, looking north from over the Golden Belt mill village.


Station on the corner of S. Elm and E. Main, after the conversion of Mill Park / Edgemont Park to a Colonial Stores supermarket.

The Mill Park 'brand' extended eastward to the cottage style Mill Park Pure Oil station, ~ two blocks east of this at the southeast corner of S. Alston Ave. and East Main St.

The station has been modified, filled in, added on to, and potentially veneered over the years - I don't have a good original picture of it, but it appears that its character was more in keeping with the chimney still evident protruding from the roof and the cool hipped roof over the east-west wing. I hope this character is revealed again someday.

04.02.14 (G. Kueber)

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I wish I could remember all the names of the fine men who worked at this location as well as the E.Main/Alston Ave. spot because they were wonderful people. I recall one gentleman whose first name was Melvin. When he died very suddenly, I felt as if a family member had passed away. My grandfather always traded with them long after he moved away from Edgemont. I have vivid memories of buying gas at the 2nd location on the way home from long teaching days at Hillside High School. They always treated me like a daughter, and I was confident my 1968 Plymouth Satellite was in tip-top shape because of them.

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