San Antonio Area Roads History
Humble Oil Service Station
This page last updated January 01, 2010
Below are pictures of an
abandoned Humble Oil gas station that time has obviously
forgotten. This relic is located at 1019 S. Laredo St. between
S. Alamo and Guadalupe St. next to the double-decked section of I-10/I-35. Humble Oil,
founded in Humble, Texas, eventually became part of Exxon in the
mid '60s. City of San Antonio staffers estimate this building was
built in the 1930s. However, Bexar County tax records (and my
instinct) indicate it was built in 1950. Reports are that it
was abandoned in 1977.
It is barely visible from the freeway and I actually stumbled
upon it while driving around looking for vantage points for
roadside pictures of the freeway. Despite the obvious age of the
building, it seems to have held-up quite well-- they don't build
'em like that anymore! Bexar County tax records show that
the property is currently owned by a commercial real estate
developer, who has indicated he would like to see it restored
and adapted for re-use as an office or cafe.
In 2009, this building
won the first-ever National Trust for Historic Preservation's
Place Matters” contest.