Let's play a game called "Name that Gas Station."
Okay. I'll do the first one. Here is a Pure gas station by the Edina water tower next to Southdale.
According to the 1960 Edina Directory, this is the Southdale Pure Service at 3500 West 69th Street (not to be confused with the Edina Pure Oil Service at 50th and France (4049 West 50th Street), which was located across from what was then Clancy Drug.
The 69th Street address puts the gas station right on the Southdale mall property. There is no gas station there today, so I wondered if the address numbering system had changed. I was curious enough to look at aerial photos and determine that a structure that looks like a gas station stood at the same location in the 1950s. Anyone remember?
This one is harder to determine, for me anyway. So now it's your turn.
I can hear the crickets chirping. Without a name on the building, it's difficult to definitively identify the business, isn't it?
Here's what I can figure. The photo number places the building near Southdale, and the only other Southdale area gas station listed in the 1960 phone directory is Howard's Standard Service (3901 West 70th Street), where the BP gas station is today. This photo must have been taken shortly after it was built, judging from the "Open for Business" signs displayed. Look in the background of the photo and you can see a few new houses on treeless lots.
I am still on the lookout for photos of the Sinclair station, Edina's last full service station, which closed in December to make way for a retail development. See story in Edina Sun Current here.
Please note that our residential housing records are in address order and easy to locate. However, we do not have complete commercial tax records, just a limited number of photos in plat and parcel order. You can help: do you know more about the gas stations of Edina? Email me or comment here.
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