Shell-Shaped Shell Service Station (Winston-Salem, NC)

In an attempt to introduce their brand to North Carolina, the Quality Oil Company built eight shell-shaped Shell service stations in the W...



In an attempt to introduce their brand to North Carolina, the Quality Oil Company built eight shell-shaped Shell service stations in the Winston-Salem area in the early 1930s and this is the only one still standing. Despite being closed, the Shell station still sees tons of traffic: the last time we were there, three different cars pulled up to take photos.

In case you're wondering, when we put our ear up to it, we didn't hear the ocean. All we could hear was the passing traffic. Bummer.

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GPS Coordinates: (36.0676864, -80.214162)
Location: 1111 E. Sprague Street, Winston-Salem, NC

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  1. My Dad, Bud Dellinger, was born and raised in Winston-Salem. He told me as a teen he and his buddies used to hang out at the"Shell Station" in the summer. One year they were busted by the police for playing cards for money inside the station. They were hauled downtown and parents were called. This was his only brush with the law, and scared him pretty good. He got an old fashioned spanking when he got home and from then on he stayed on the right side of the law. This station aways makes me smile and remember Dad, "The Gamber"!

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