Pershing filling station in Searcy AR.....another view from ebay.

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

We've had pictures of the evidently very popular Pershing filling station on this blog before.  In fact, we have had it on two times.  Check this blog and this blog for other pictures.

The station has cropped up on ebay and I made a bid or two but it has several interested bidders and I have lost out. But here is the picture on ebay.

Pershing Filling Station Searcy AR

I wish we knew who the gents were who were standing around gazing at the camera.  It was a nice brick building!

Comments (12)

Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I've shown this before but heck, as long as postcards of the Pershing Service Station keep showing up I guess I can show my momento.

 This emblem or key chain identifier has been in my possession for at least 67 years. I must have been given it by someone at the Pershing station or surely I would turned it in for the reward. I've shown this before but heck, as long as postcards of the Pershing Service Station keep showing up I guess I can show my momento. I suppose the "F" stands for Firestone.

I have always liked the brick structure with Spanish tile roof. Pretty classy.

Pershing Service Station Momento

Jun 18, 2012 09:26 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, I'd be unhappy if you didn't put that key chain thing on my blog about Pershing's station.  Wonder if the reward is still good.  With interest added, we might be rich if we turned it in!

Jun 18, 2012 10:00 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Barbara - The more I stop by; the more I like Searcy.  I suppose that is the point of the blog, but still pretty cool that it has that affect on me.  Old movies, aged actors, I'm in.

 

Jun 18, 2012 01:44 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Sardi, you are so funny....old movies, aged actors.....I love it!  You need to put your talents as a writer to good use and write us a very funny book about activerain, bad and good bloggers and you and Jennifer and kittens that grow old too fast.

Jun 18, 2012 10:03 PM
Anonymous
Jim Bohannon

Barbara, 

Perhaps your viewers/readers would like to know a little history of the Pershing Highway. I'll submit the history that I know about the highway as follows:  The highway was actually classified as an Auto Trail.  Auto trails were named highways that existed in the USA from approximately 1919 to 1926.

 Since the USA didn't classify the state-to-state highways by numbers until November 1926, various auto trails would traverse the state borders by name. The Auto Trails would be named after famous persons and/or landmarks.   Some of the other Arkansas Auto Trails (circa 1919 to 1926) were the Albert Pike highway, Bankhead Highway, Postal Road, Lone Star Trail and the Pershing Highway. I have old highway maps that show the enter/exit points of the old Arkansas highways. 

If any of your viewers would like to receive a circa 1922-1925 map copy (on computer CD) of the old Arkansas Auto Trails. They may ontact you and feel free to  give them my e-mail address and I would be happy to send them a free copy of the maps on CD.

    As to the Pershing highway, it was named after General John J. Pershing, Commander in Chief of American Armies in World War I.  The Pershing Highway was established circa 1919 and lasted until November 1926.   After that date, the patchwork Pershing Highway received USA highway numbers.

 The Pershing Highway started at the Canadian Border near Pembina, North Dakota, via North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana, ending in New Orleans.   The Pershing Highway entered Arkansas at Mammoth Spring via Batesville, Bald Knob, Searcy, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Sheridan, Fordyce, Camden, El Dorado and exited Arkansas via Louisiana at Junction City, Arkansas.

Jun 18, 2012 10:43 PM
#5
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Yeah! Jim came through with some solid history about the Pershing highway. Note that the station is called Pershing Highway Service Station

Barbara the postcard went for $16.50 and looks like the winner used a technique like I do and bid 10 seconds before closing. He only raised the bit by 50¢ but probably bid a maximum of more.

 

Time Ended:Jun-18-12 16:47:57 PDT

 

h***i( 1553)  US $16.50Jun-18-12 16:47:47 PDT

 

e***e( 80)  US $16.00Jun-18-12 12:10:37 PDT

 

 

   

 

 

Jun 18, 2012 11:48 PM
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

I'm thinking the station was owned/run by "Skinny" Lightle.  In my l957 phone book, it's listed as Lightle's Service Station, 204 S. Main, phone 43.   I also remember he always wore a leather bow tie.

Jun 19, 2012 04:59 AM
#7
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Jim, that was a perfect explanation of the highways at that time.  I had never heard that story.  I figured Pershing was the name of some old Searcy family.  Thanks for putting up that info on this blog.

Mary, he is great, isn't he?  I have the sharpest readers and commenters on this blog!

Don, it sold high for a card, I thought.  I notice that the old one of McRae restaurant still hasn't sold for the $24.95 or something like that price.  Wonder who bought it?

Anita, are you back from the big fishing trip?  Good!  The name changed from Pershing to Lightle?  That is also interesting.

Jun 19, 2012 12:11 PM
Anonymous
James Whitlow

Hello, I'm James Whitlow, a postcard and photo collector, from Hoxie.  I was the lucky one that had the winning bid on the Pershing Service Station.  There are no names on the postcard, only Searcy, Arkansas on the back.  I think the man on the right is a Black person.  It's real light so it's hard to tell.  I will try this weekend to scan and and post a closeup scan of the men in postcard.  Also, won two more cards from Searcy this week, People's Bank and Galloway College, both from the 1920's. ( Guessing)

 

Thanks,

 

James

Jun 28, 2012 06:15 AM
#9
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Hi James,

Thanks for letting us know you were the winning bidder on this one and some others.  You got some interesting bits of info from this blog, I hope, and if you search back you'll find some great pictures of the bank and the college.  Join our little blog!  You may have to send the scanned picture to me for me to put on the blog.  I don't think you can put in a picture.

Jun 28, 2012 06:22 AM
Anonymous
Ronald N Hambrick

Re: Jim Bohannon's offer of a free cd of the old Arkansas highways. I'd be interested in acquiring one. rnh4547@gmail.com

Sep 23, 2018 06:59 PM
#11
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Jim Bohannon, are you out there?  Ron Hambrick wants a cd!  Thanks!

 

Sep 24, 2018 04:36 AM