Monday, December 5, 2011

Humble Oil of Houston Texas

Getting lost on a trip makes the best adventures. We had followed directions to a downtown  locale that was near Univ of Texas SA. San Antonio streets are weird. The streets that run parallel to freeways are one way. Once you get off the freeways, even with directions, we found ourselves circling around about a 7 block area looking for an ice house that we knew was right under the freeway. Of course, we were on the wrong side of the freeway, had to turn to go back under the freeway and proceed the other way and follow my directions in reverse. We had been warned it was a sketchy neighborhood, Todd kept saying, "Why can't we find it?" and I replied, "because we are not there yet."
We did find, however, and old Humble Oil of Houston Tx gas station. Come to find out, this is the last standing Humble gas station in San Antonio. It won a national contest as the place that needs to be remembered in the US.
Humble Oil started in Tx, was bought by Standard Oil and became ESSO and now what we know as Exxon.
The Humble emblems and borders around the windows and roof line are all mosaic tile. I loved the streaks in the iron that replaced windows contrasting to the tile borders. It appears someone is beginning to do some remodeling. Will have to revisit to find out what becomes of the little old Humble Gas station.

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