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Pure Oil Gas Station …

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Not sure where this station was located or who the people are in the photo … I would imagine that the man on the far left is the owner of the business / station and his employees are to the right.  I have several like this that I have worked up and will post later.  I f anyone knows anything about this photo, please let us hear from you … Thanks for looking

Written by Frank Hardy

February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

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  1. Frank,
    I believe that the owner of this station was Alphonse Condon and the station was located around the Palafox-Garden St. area, maybe across from the old Catholic High School.
    Hope this may jog someone’s memory that will know more about this.
    Delmar Smith
    Decatur, Alabama.



    August 27, 2012 at 3:43 am

    • Del … That is correct about Mr. Condon and being across from the old Catholic High School. Thanks … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

    • I agree. When I saw this, I thought it looked like the building just to the west of Baylen St. I think it was converted into the tax assessor’s office.


      Sam Waite

      February 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  2. Do you have any pictures of the Fowler Butane Gas Company store? It was located at first on Wright street, then they later moved, not sure where, maybe Pace blvd. I was married to Bill Fowler and our kids would enjoy seeing any pictures you might have. Thanks!



    August 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    • That does not sound familiar, but I do have street scenes that might show something. I will add this to the list that I have and if I come across an image of this area, I will try to post it sometime in the future. Thanks for asking … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm




    August 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  4. Frank, Spent an hour looking at shots. I rememember well the great times on Bayou Texar. The ariel shot of the bayou is around 1968. The TOC club is in the lower left.. The Diving platform has been removed. Coot Johnson wanted to go out further with his Marina, was denied. Harry Bonifay, (My next door neighbor)
    fought against it. Told me it was a “Hazard to navigation” Your red and white boat was docked in the first row closest to the parking lot. Hope all is well, Frank.
    Jimmy Carter


    James Carter

    August 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    • Jimmy … Thanks for the comments and the memories. It means a lot to me to hear from someone that I have known for 45 years or so … Workman Junior High School seems like six lifetimes ago, however, time sure flies! . Keep in touch … I am just right across the I-10 bridge on Garcon Point Road and I am over in Pensacola several times a week. Keep in touch and thanks again for the comment … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  5. My father saw the picture here, and this is DEFINITELY the old Cantonment Pure filling station. Now I’m working on establishing the identities of the men in the photo…


    DT Vaughan

    August 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    • That is interesting, I thought that it was just a gas station around East Hill, EPH or North Hill. But it did not matter, because my father drove all over the panhandle of Florida to take photos. Thanks for taking the time to help and I appreciate the comment … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

  6. Just a thought, but this really reminds of the old gas station in Cantonment at the corner of hwy 29 and Muscogee (directly across the street from Champion golf course). I remember it being a BP fill and light service station, and then it went under in (i think) about 1998 – 2000. It was torn down and is now a raceway. I remember the look of the building well and this has got to be it. My grandfather lived in cantonment then, I’ll find out if it was originally a pure station and get back to you.


    DT Vaughan

    August 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

    • Pete Ueslbeck owned that station that was started by his dad. Mr Pete used to race at the old Pensacola Speedway in the Rainbow 8 car. His son, Charlie was a good friend of mine. When Mr Pete’s dad started the station Hwy 29 was a dirt road then.


      Johnny Whitfield

      May 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      • I have not forgotten you and am going to get you a photo of the Pleezing sign at the ball park. Keep in touch … Frank


        Frank Hardy

        July 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

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