Filling Station, 6511 Main Street, 1939

I’m confident that I’m the only one who remembers that I’ve previously used this photo of a track man, probably Richard Stone ’56. It’s notable for the nice view of Main Street establishments it gives us:

When I first used it someone in the comments who is much older than I am informed me that that’s a Gulf filling station on the corner. Although on reflection I probably shouldn’t have been surprised, I was in fact surprised when I discovered that Rice once owned it.

Bonus:

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23 Responses to Filling Station, 6511 Main Street, 1939

  1. loki_the_bubba says:

    When and why did we sell that?

  2. Galloway Hudson '60 says:

    “1939” and “Richard Stone ’56” do not compute. I can tell you that the service station (they really were service stations back then) was a Sinclair station in 1956, which I used frequently. It was eventually replaced by The Tidelands, owned, I believe, by Dickie Maegle.

  3. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    So, Rice sold the property and then later bought it back. I would love to know the numbers.

    • Melissa Kean says:

      I’m not sure that we ever sold it. All I can say with certainty is that we owned it in 1939 and there was then a Gulf Station on it. It may well be that we still owned the land when the Tidelands was on it. In fact, that would be my operating assumption.

  4. marmer01 says:

    I suspect the answer is that there was an old gas station on the property that became derelict. In 1939, Rice hired that contractor to fix it up so it could be open again (this was, as I recall, a time of relatively dire financial straits for the university). I believe Rice has always owned that corner. That’s why they were able to take over the Tidelands for grad housing.

    • Melissa Kean says:

      So it’s off to the aerials again!

      One of the things I stumbled upon in the room full of Rice architectural drawings were the drawings for the construction of the Tidelands.

  5. Kyle Frazier says:

    This does not appear to be the Tidelands property…….it is on the East side of Main, opposite athletic fields, and adjacen to the College Inn property to the north…..so it appears to be at the northeast corner of Main and University

  6. marmer01 says:

    1950: George J. Linenkugel Sinclair Service Station, 6540 Main. (6511 was Bill Williams’ and later Medical Towers.). Other mentions were in 1945 and in 1938. By 1956 the Peter Pan Dude Ranch was using that address.

  7. marmer01 says:

    And, in 1948, there is a mention of a gentleman who rode a bicycle from St. Louis to Houston in 18 days, looking for work. He becomes a caretaker at Peter Pan Dude Ranch, so apparently the service station and the pony ranch coexisted for a time. And the addresses are annoyingly fluid.

  8. almadenmike says:

    There’s lots of excellent Tidelands info in this 2013 RHC post 9and comments): https://ricehistorycorner.com/2013/08/15/tidelands-part-i/

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