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Family Gas Station in South Dakota Photo dates about 1920-1930 maybe

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Posted 3 years ago


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This Gas station belonged to my great uncle in Ashtons SD.This Photo was taken after it closed he passed away in 1949 . It carried our family name . he also had a large Mill on site . Love the old gas pump
. Ashton is a city in Spink County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 122 at the 2010 census!
Owner Birth: Oct. 4, 1872, Germany
Death: Aug. 27, 1949
Brown County
South Dakota, USA


  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    Did he sit on the chair & wait on customers?
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Walksoft I guess the door was just open and most likely did sit outside in warm weather . My grandparents took this when they passed through many years ago . I wish we had a photo of how it looked when it was running :-) I think all my relatives live in or lived in ghost towns David ??????
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Amy we can still hope right :-(
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Official ,musik,harborguy ! Thanks for stopping :-)
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you vetraio50,MMM, and EJW . Glad you stopped :-)
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    I think anyone over 40 that grew up in rural North America, can name a few ghost towns. With the changes in farm mechanization & transportation every thing changed after WWII. People wanted more for their families & they could find it in the bigger cities.
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you packrat and stonesfan :-) for stopping at my post !
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Walksoft I never saw a abandoned town till until I found out My Canada family and now SD live in one .I am working on cemeteries but have had no luck so far in Conquest .
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    I have a few leads to check out.
  10. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Sean :-) x
  11. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Phil ! and mrmaj :-)
  12. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 3 years ago
    Mani, you shoud'nt have! for me? LOL , you know i LUV this pict. You can tell grand-pops was just hanging on, not making a killing here. Did someone operate it after he passed? Just thinking thats a 1960-70 (in the style of) a Tokheim Explorer pump on the right, and a (in the style of) a late 40s- 50s Erie pump on the left. Both of them leaning, like me. Do you know what brand he used? Green makes me think Texaco, Cities Service? And, did it have a small service bay attached on the back? NO MATTER WHAT, THATS A CLASSIC IMAGE MANI, WELL DONE!!!
  13. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Mikie this was on my Grandfathers side of family he rarely talked about . I never saw the building when it was operating or a photo . Only this one after it was closed . I believe his son took over business though and most likely updated it . I so little info on that branch of family . I do see his name when I search Ashton and his son was born there and I would say Son may have owned it or ran it after he passed . I am working from the notes left on back of photo's . Glad you liked it . I agree one pump is newer :-)
  14. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you MMM !
  15. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Hedge :-)
  16. beachbomb beachbomb, 3 years ago
    Love the picture!!! I think pic was taken in the early '80's...the Ford Aerostar mini-van in the back-gound kinda dates the pic. I LOVE old America buildings and forgotten towns/buildings!! Thanks Manikin!!!
  17. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    beachcomb I think you might be right . The writing on back could be my Moms writing which means that she may have stopped there on way to Canada Sask . They did have a van then also . You might have caught what I missed . I think they went there in about 1984 to see my family by Van to bring some things back . Her and her Mother write a like :-) Thanks for pointing that out .
  18. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Gargoy !!!!!!
  19. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 3 years ago
    Hea Mani, go back & check out packrats B.B.King post & go to the bottom of the comments.
  20. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Ok Mikie I will do that ASAP !
  21. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Amphora and Bratjdd !!!!!!
  22. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you trey and official ! :-)

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