Pershing Highway Service Station, Searcy Arkansas

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Old pictures of your home town are so much fun!  We drive through the four lane new highways and love the convenience but it is still heart warming to look back in time to "how it used to be."

Here's an old service station picture.  Looks like there's the White County Courthouse in the background.  If so, this station must have been on what is now Main Street of Searcy Arkansas.  Searcy old timers speak up and tell us about this old station.

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Harold Gene Sullivan

Barbara, you got it right.  The station was directly across Main Street from the First Methodist Church, between Arch and Center Streets.  We use to park in the station when we went to church as they were never open on Sunday.  Remember when almost all businesses closed on Sunday. 

 

See the house in the background at the far right, I think that is the house that Don Thompson lived in at one time.

Oct 24, 2008 01:48 PM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Harold Gene, I knew you could do it!  Thanks for telling us exactly where this station was.  The cars in here look REALLY old so it must be an old, old view.  Look at the guy on the platform doing something to a car!

Oct 24, 2008 02:00 PM #2
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I cannot read what brand of gas they sold when the picture was taken but, if I remember right, during the 1940s and 1950s it was a Texaco station.  I can read the Kelly Springfield Tires sign.

Notice the car on the ext ream left, looks like it is up on an outdoor lift being serviced.  In those days, lots of service stations had their "grease pits", where they did oil changes and grease jobs, outside.  I even remember some where they were a hole in the ground and one just drove the car a straddle it, kind of like the modern quick-lube places but outdoors.  Or the car may be on a display stand and they are selling used cars along with being a service station. 

Surely someone who is a car buff can tell us the model years of the cars to give a good estimate of when the picture was taken.

Oct 25, 2008 06:59 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Yes, Harold Gene, we need a bit more info on this one, don't we. 

Oct 25, 2008 10:06 AM #4
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Those cars are most likely all Fords and the trucks look like the 1925 Ford Model T pick up truck.In the group of people there is a woman who is wearing what looks like a touring coat to keep dust off her clothes. There are also several men in coats and service station men in uniforms. I bet they were showing off new cars and trucks.

The cab is probably open with a wind shield. The bed is short. Since all the cars look somewhat alike, I bet it was the late 20s.

I believe the house to center left is probably the house where I lived in 1943.

What a wonderful picture, Barbara.

1925 Model T

1925 Model T Pick Up Truck

 

Oct 26, 2008 06:23 AM #5
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Roger Dobbins

This building was torn down around 1965 when the Peoples Insurance & Investment Co., Inc. building was built there. My father was the manager of that business. After becoming Dobbins Insurance, Inc. the building was remodeled and enlarged in 1980. Now (2010), the building is Carder Law Firm (George Carder).

Dec 10, 2010 12:19 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Roger, thanks for the comment.  We'vd done this wonderful old station several times in blogs.  My favorite picture is the one with the wrecked vehicles and the Methodist Church behind it.

Dec 10, 2010 11:56 PM #7
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Lee Biggs

The 2 tall buildings in the background (to the West) are Union Bank & Trust on the left (now Biggs law office, Kim's barber shop & apts upstairs), and Security Bank on the right (now First Security Bank). Union Bank & Trust went under in the 1929 crash. For the next 40+ years lawyers, doctors, dentists, optometrists, accountants, barbers & other professionals & artisans occupied the office space upstairs & down... Behind those 2 buildings, you can see the very top of the dome & the flag on top of the WC courthouse.Sinclair "Puny" Lightle (son of John E. Lightle) was the owner of the filling station. It had no bays but did have a detached mechanic garage behind the northwest corner and an open air hydraulic lift behind the southwest corner (it can be seen in the photo). The area where the detached garage & the lift sat are now a parking area. The station shown in the photo sits on the west side of Main Street between Arch & Market, not Center. Center Street is 1 block further South.

Jul 13, 2016 12:37 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Lee, you have a great memory and knowledge of Searcy history.  We definitely want you to be a Searcy Sleuth, those great folks from or in Searcy who tell about the photos that I may drag up from no telling where!  I'll bet Puny Lightle hated his nickname!

Jul 13, 2016 10:21 PM #9
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