100-Year Anniversary Of First Service Station
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The country’s first specially designed gas station opened 100 years ago in Pittsburgh, selling fuel for 27 cents a gallon.
Gulf Refining Co. opened the Baum Boulevard station on Dec. 1, 1913, but no trace of it remains today. The small building featured a pagodastyle roof, and it was a major improvement over the usual alternative at the time – roadside shacks that sold fuel from barrels. The Pittsburgh station was specifically designed to sell fuel and oil, and it gave out free road maps, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores.
And while 27 cents per gallon may seem like a bargain, factoring inflation in tells a different story. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that was the equivalent of $6.39 per gallon in today’s dollars.