Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Shell-Shaped gas Station, 1111 E Sprague St, Winston-Salem, NC 27107 (corner of E Sprague St. and Peachtree St)

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Once upon a time, there were eight shell-shaped gas stations in North Carolina: seven in Winston-Salem and one in nearby Kernersville. Built in the 1930s by Quality Oil, a local distributor of Shell oil, these structures were meant to serve as hard-to-miss advertisements to entice customers to stop by. (I mean, wouldn’t you choose to get your gas from a fun place like this over any old regular place? I sure would!)

Today, only one of those eight shells is left standing. The final remaining Shell Oil clamshell station stands on the corner of E Sprague Street and Peachtree Street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

You can still stop at the glorious bight-yellow stucco building to take photos, but don’t show up with an empty tank, it’s no longer in use! The station closed in the 1950s, and briefly housed a lawnmower business in the 70s and 80s. But today, the clamshell is just for show.

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Just because it’s lost it’s function, doesn’t mean thise roadside attraction is going away any time soon: it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

It’s one shell of a stop for your next road trip!

Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Shell-shaped gas station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Site: The Shell-shaped gas station
Location: 1111 E Sprague St, Winston-Salem, NC 27107 (corner of E Sprague St. and Peachtree St.)
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See

 

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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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