“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Greenbelt in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Gas Station

Gas Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 24, 2006
1. Gas Station Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  A gas station has stood on this site since the opening of the town in 1937. Notice that the rounded glass facade is gone from the original building and that a garage has been added on the right side. Initially, like all the other businesses in Greenbelt, the filling station was run as a cooperative. In 1956 the Co-op gas station moved to a new building on Southway near the intersection at Greenbelt Road, and the building in front of you became independently owned by “Flying A”. In 1967 Mobil took over the station. Much of the original building still exists underneath the contemporary exterior. Walk around the back of the gas station and try to spot the older elements of the building.

Cars were indispensable in this new suburban community. In 1939, when owning a car was still considered a luxury, 65% of Greenbelt households owned an automobile. In 1938 the gas station charged $1.25 for an oil change, and the price for gasoline was 23 cents per gallon (about $2.30 in 1999 dollars). Carpools and a bus that connected with the streetcar line transported Greenbelt residents to jobs in Washington, D.C.
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The Historic Mobil Gasoline Station image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 24, 2006
2. The Historic Mobil Gasoline Station
Greenbelt Museum.
Location. 39° 0.098′ N, 76° 52.489′ W. Marker is in Greenbelt, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Crescent Road and Centerway and Gardenway, on the right on Crescent Road. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Mobil station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 161 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20770, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roosevelt Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greenbelt Homes Inc. (about 700 feet away); Swimming Pool (about 800 feet away); City of Greenbelt (about 800 feet away); Eleanor Roosevelt (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenbelt.
Additional comments.
1. Woody’s Flying A
I want to add that I remember Woody and his Flying A station well. I hung out there and at the fire station right next door (to the left in this photo). Also fooling around in the winter, sleigh-riding down to the underpass (to the right in this photo).
    — Submitted May 16, 2007, by Dennis Evanosky of Oakland, California.

2. Change of Brands
The gas station now sells Sunoco gasoline.
    — Submitted December 26, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.

Categories. 20th Century
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,663 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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