Tuesday, November 15, 2011
What used to be in that building?
Today seemed like a good day to hit the city directories in the Lorain Public Library to find out.
Within 2 years, the station apparently changed hands and became Larry's Gulf Station.
Two years after that, it showed up in the 1962 book as George & Lucy's Gulf Station.
Surprisingly, the building's career as a service station ended in the 1963 book, when it became the home of Black's Muffler Service. I never would have guessed that it had happened that soon.
By 1975, it was still Black's Muffler Service, but it was vacant by the 1978 directory.
Since then, it has been home to a variety of businesses, including Northside Motors (1981), Lorain Cab Company (1986) and Al's Storage Center (or Al's Service Center) beginning around 1988. I'm not sure what's in there now.
By the way, Gulf is still around, although it didn't seem to be popular enough to sustain a service station in a heavily traveled location in Lorain. Maybe it was the challenge of turning in and out of the place while fighting bridge traffic that discouraged motorists from becoming regular gas customers.