Tag Archives: South Georgia Garages & Filling Stations

Riley Spear Fender & Body Works, Columbus

This photograph of Riley Spear’s garage was made circa 1939. Cathy Fussell notes this was a well-known business in Columbus for many years.

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Filed under --MUSCOGEE COUNTY GA--, Columbus GA

Albert’s Garage, Oak Park

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Filed under --EMANUEL COUNTY GA--, Oak Park GA

Roscoe Peoples Sinclair Station, 1935, Oak Park

Roscoe Peoples built this Sinclair Gas station in 1935, in the Mediterranean Revival style often associated with the roadside architecture of the time. In recent years it was home to John Lindsey’s service station and the Snake Hunters Club. John Lindsey was a well-known snake collector who milked venomous species for the manufacture of antivenom. The structure has been restored and now serves as the Oak Park City Hall.

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Brown’s Sinclair Station, 1937, Stilson

This long abandoned filling station on the edge of Stilson last served as an antique store, I believe.

John A. Brown shared this circa 1950 photograph. The station was built in 1936-37 by his grandfather, John Franklin Brown (1880-1960).

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Filed under --BULLOCH COUNTY GA--, Stilson GA

Langley’s Garage, Pelham

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Filed under --MITCHELL COUNTY GA--, Pelham GA

Pure Oil Station, Circa 1920, Dawson

Dawson Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --TERRELL COUNTY GA--, Dawson GA

Hope’s Car Wash, Broxton

This is an old garage/filling station.

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Filed under --COFFEE COUNTY GA--, Broxton GA

Service Station, Nicholls

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Filed under --COFFEE COUNTY GA--, Nicholls GA

Harvey’s Garage, Lumpkin

Harvey’s has been in business for many years but I believe this structure was originally a general/grocery store. The old RC sign looks like it’s been around for a long time.

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Filed under --STEWART COUNTY GA--, Lumpkin GA

Billy Carter’s Service Station, Plains

Billy Carter (1937-1988) bought this station from Mill Jennings in 1971 and owned it until 1981. During Jimmy Carter’s campaign for President in 1976, it became famous as the headquarters for the national media while they were in Plains. He reminisced of those days: There were 20,000 tourists a day pouring into Plains right after Jimmy’s election. Cars would be bumper-to-bumper for about 10 miles, from Americus to Plains. Highway 280 looked like a Los Angeles freeway. At the height of the station’s popularity 2,000 cases of beer and between 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of gas were sold every month.

Billy was a character and often got as much press coverage as his brother. He was perhaps best known, though, for his infamous Billy Beer. His endorsement didn’t go far to save the brew, which many said was the worst they’d ever tasted. Cans of Billy Beer can be seen in the service station, which is now a free museum. A pair of Hee-Haw overalls Billy wore are also in the collection, as well as numerous magazine covers and press clippings.

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Filed under --SUMTER COUNTY GA--, Plains GA