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“Closed but still a sight to see”
Review of Shea's Gas Station - CLOSED

Shea's Gas Station
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Owner description: This wonderful private museum, owned by the Shea family, is loaded with gas station and oil company collectibles and is an internationally renowned, must-see Route 66 landmark.
Reviewed 28 October 2013

When we were here this place was closed, too bad that it's closed most of the time due to health issues of the original owner but it's still a sight to see and take pictures!

Thank Cornelis T
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

This is a former gas station that houses the private collection of Bill Shea, who used to operate a Texaco station on the site. It occupies two buildings - with the other a former 1920s Phillips 66 station that was moved to the location from elsewhere in Illinois. Although opening hours are apparently now erratic, I was lucky on a Thursday afternoon, and the tourist information center in the old Railroad station rang through and confirmed that Bill Jr. was there and able to show visitors around.

The collection is not just memorabilia of gas stations, but includes other things related to Route 66, and to his father's service career. Bill Jr. is a friendly and enthusiastic guide, taking great pride in the exhibits, which are displayed in a total jumble inside the two buildings (with a few more outside). It's so cramped I doubt that anyone in a wheelchair could get inside. It's more than worth the modest fee he charges, and attracts people from all over the globe (especially Germany!). If I have any reservations, it's that nothing much is labelled, and Bill Jr. doesn't always know the provenance of some of thee items that his Dad found. Also a lot of the stuff is stored in less than ideal conditions and some is beginning to deteriorate as a result. But that's not a reason to visit it while you still can.

Thank MKMapman
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Step back in time with original advertising signage and memorabilia. We loved having the original owners son give us such a tour! The guest book has people from Germany coming just to visit this very spot!

Thank Jojo R
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We were there before it opened so could not get in, but we were able to see enough through the fence to suggest it to anyone visiting Springfield

Thank Johann P
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Unfortunately we went on a Saturday morning and it was closed. It's fenced in, so we were still able to see the building and all of the great and old vintage signs. It has so much character!

Thank vegascupcakes777
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