Old Truckee gas station given new purpose
April 22, 2008
New life is being breathed into one of Truckees old gas stations on Commercial Row.Construction is moving along on the Flying A gas station on Donner Pass Road, emulating mid-1900s-era gas station style for a new retail space. Originally not considered a historically significant structure, photos have shown that the old fueling stop was standing as early as 1936.We are building it to look like a 1949 gas station, and we are going to keep the front looking like Truckee looked back then, said owner Tom Watson. We think it will add a lot to downtown Truckee.Sports Tahoe, an outdoor clothing company, will be ready to open as soon as work is complete which Watson said should be by July 1.The roughly 3,500 square foot building will include lit 1949-style gas pump replicas for style, and will include new sidewalk connections down to the Jackass Ridge store and 12 off-street parking spaces, Watson said.Im really excited about them saving that gas station, every place in the rest of the country that has one of these has become a real magnet, said Denny Dickinson, a Truckee resident who has researched the stations history.According to town staff reports, the building was originally believed to be less than 50 years old, but a photo from the book Fire andamp; Ice, A Portrait of Truckee, showed the gas station in 1936.Dickinson said the station changed names over the years, but started as a Flying A gas station, and ended its life as a Pat and Ollies.The building is now being rehabilitated in a 1950s style, said Denyelle Nishimori, associate planner for the town.They found a lot of stuff from the 1950s, and decided that was the era they thought would be good, Nishimori said.Like many old gas station sites, Nishimori said soil cleanup is ongoing at the Flying A site to remove petroleum from the ground.