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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 “This Place Matters” contest.








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