Friday, June 28, 2013

1940: 115 Brush Creek Boulevard

Another in a series of posts based on the tax reassessment photos of 1940. Learn more here.

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The filling station on Brush Creek Boulevard, just east of the Country Club Plaza, is typical of many "Red Crown" franchises across the Midwest affiliated with the Standard Oil Company of Indiana: brick with a red-tile roof.
The name refers to both the roof and the popular brand of gasoline the company dispenses from pumps topped with glass crowns.

"Red Crown" is the regular grade; there's also a budget brand and a high-octane, premium-priced brand. Standard promises that Red Crown is "High in anti-knock and loaded with carefree, thrifty miles." 
As the ads say: Today’s the day to join the millions of motorists whose theme song is “Let’s swing along with Standard!"
If you're swinging into Brush Creek Standard today for five gallons of Red Crown, you'll find Atlas brand accessories, free road maps, a clean rest room, and a glimpse of the construction going on next door. Workers are building a new drive-in style restaurant, named for the two small-town-Missouri  sisters who are opening it this fall: Winstead's.

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  1. Cool blog. I check it all the time. I have a question. Do you know what the old rock foundation is that sits behind the Mainstreet movie theater downtown? It looks really old and I always wonder what it was back in the day. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Charlie -- I think you mean the stone foundation on Wyandotte between 14th and Truman Road. Maps show it was once home to a furniture manufacturer and later a printing facility for a publishing house.

      I'll try to look into it further. Thanks for the suggestion!


  2. Cool. Yeah that's the one. On wyandotte right right before you get to the bridge that crosses 70. Thanks for looking into it. Anxious to hear what you find out.