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House with Canopy

Gas station, U.S. 68, Harrodsburg (Mercer County). The house with canopy sub-type was another common design for gasoline stations in the late 1920s and 1930s.  This Mercer County Filling Station, located on U.S. 68 near Harrodsburg, is a prefabricated metal structure covered with wooden weatherboards.  The addition of a canopy to the house station made for comfortable all-weather pump access.  Gas station, KY 111 and 156, Poplar Plains (Fleming County). While driving one’s automobile was considered a fair-weather activity for the wealthy in the early part of the century, the use of the canopy suggests that motoring had become a far more routine activity by the 1930s.

 

Last Updated 3/17/2008