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    PHILLIPS 66 SERVICE STATION
    McLean, Texas

    Location: Westbound on Old Route 66 Highway
    2 blocks West of Main Street in McLean, Texas
    Gray County, Texas Panhandle

    By Delbert Trew
    McLean Tx - Phillips Station
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

    The First Phillips 66 Retail Outlet in Texas – 1928

    This vintage 1928 gas service station, designed in “Cottage Fashion” and often called a “Doll House” was started in 1927 after Congress authorized a coast-to-coast highway called Route 66. Finished in 1928, the station operated under different owners and brands of products until the Interstate system came into being.

    Company records show this station was the first Phillips Petroleum Company retail outlet built outside Oklahoma at the time. Renovated in 1992 by local citizens under the auspices of the Old Route 66 Association of Texas, this now famous Route 66 Icon is the most photographed property all along Route 66. The site is owned and maintained by the Texas Route 66 Association.

    The First Phillips 66 Retail Outlet in Texas – 1928
    Postcard Courtesy Delbert Trew
    McLean Tx - Phillips 66 old Truck
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

    The station is part of a city-wide effort to maintain the brick streets, local color and early day atmosphere of the Route 66 Era. Three museums, antique and gift shops, the Avalon Theater façade and restaurants stand ready to serve travelers who visit McLean.

    © Delbert Trew
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