The Ambler's Texaco Gas Station has been identified as the longest operating gas station along Route 66, dispensing fuel for 66 continuous years until 1999!
Ambler's was the subject of major restoration work from 2005–2007, and reopened as a Route 66 visitor's center in May 2007 staffed with knowledgeable and welcoming volunteers.
The local community have really done a great job in restoring this to it's former glory with help from funding via the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. The main office and canopy area has been taken back to the 1930s and the service bay area has been taken back to it's 1940s appearance.
The look of Ambler's Texaco Station is commonly known as "house and canopy" or "domestic style". The style was developed in 1916 by Standard Oil and consisted of a small house-like building with attached canopy. The style was meant to evoke feelings of home and comfort in order to make people feel more at ease buying goods.
The building evokes feelings of early Route 66 tourism and is a great example of the architectural stylings of the time.
"We stopped by here very early in our Route 66 journey and it was really inspiring. Sights like this really help get you in the mood for the trip ahead and immerse you in the nostaligia of a good road trip."