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Community Renewal - Revive Your Community With Historic Renovations

J.D. Verhoeff

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Petrified wood comes from forests that have been buried under mud so heavy and so dense that air can't get through and the mud compresses the wood turning it into a rock. Lamar, Colorado is home of the one and only Petrified Wood gas station. Although the station no longer sells gas, it's still very much in the original condition.

Located in the 500 block of North Main in Lamar, Colorado, right next door to the Stagner Auto Dealership, the Petrified Wood building consumes most of the corner of the block and faces Main Street. Readily available and visible to the main drag through town and double highways known as the Cross Roads of America, the station stands as a Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not Listing as proclaimed by a sign in the front window.

Currently, the building is filled up with antiques, many of which are part of a future renovation project planned by the owners. They're vision is to recreate the Petrified Wood Gas Station as it was originally built at the site.

What would a Revival of the Petrified Wood Gas Station look like?

Perhaps there would be round topped gas pumps with gas prices in single digits? Maybe an icebox filled to the brim with ten ounce Coca Colas. Nickel candy bars on the shelf? Or maybe there'll be a handsome young service station attendant walking out to greet you with a smile and help you check the oil in your car.

The best part will be the chance to step back in time and revisit memory lane with antiques, and a cordial visit with friends. The nicest way to spend an afternoon of the summer might be to sit on the front step of the Petrified Wood Station and play a game of checkers while you sip an icy cold Cola with a friend.

If you're ready to take a step back in time to a gentler day, you might enjoy visiting Lamar, Colorado.

Consider for a moment the opportunity to renew your community with historic revival, a place to hang with friends, and a gathering place where you can share a story, a memory, or a laugh with a good friend. You're invited to come by and learn how you too can bring urban renewal to your own community, or to find out about visiting Lamar, Colorado.

(c) 2008 - J. D. Verhoeff


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