Lucille's Service Station

Lucille's Service Station Route 66
Hydro, OK 73048

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Lucille's Service Station, a classic and historic gas station along Route 66 near Hydro, is one of only two upper-story, out-thrust porch style stations left on Oklahoma's stretch of Route 66.  Built in 1929 by Carl Ditmore, the service station was renamed by Provine Station in the 1930s.  In 1941, the Hamons family took over the operation of the station and Lucille Hamons, for which the service station is named, ran the business for 60 years.  Lucille, who quickly became known for her friendly assistance to motorists, earned the nickname "Mother of the Mother Road." 

Lucille's Service Station, a classic and historic gas station along Route 66 near Hydro, is one of only two upper-story, out-thrust porch style stations left on Oklahoma's stretch of Route 66.  Built in 1929 by Carl Ditmore, the service station was renamed by Provine Station in the 1930s.  In 1941, the Hamons family took over the operation of the station and Lucille Hamons, for which the service station is named, ran the business for 60 years.  Lucille, who quickly became known for her friendly assistance to motorists, earned the nickname "Mother of the Mother Road." 

Lucille's Service Station is one of similar rural service stations that sprung up in the late 1920s in response to increasing automobile travel across the country.  This mom-and-pop station was built with the owner's living quarters located above the service station and exists as an interpretation of the Bungalow Craftsman style popular during construction.  Lucille's Service Station features an open service bay supported by tapered piers and vintage gas pumps. 

In 1971, the completion of I-40 cut Lucille's off from direct access to the new highway, but Lucille kept the station running until the day she died on August 18, 2000.  While the service station is no longer in operation, visitors are welcome to stop by for a photo of this unique slice of Americana.  The outside of the service station has been restored and an historical marker on-site recounts the tale of the family that lived there and ran the station for years.  Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, Lucille's still attracts tourists and Route 66 enthusiasts from around the world.

Lucille's Roadhouse, a Route 66 themed restaurant in Weatherford, was inspired by the original Lucille's Service Station.

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  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-40, Route 66

Located 1/2 mile west of Hwy 58 & I-40 intersection on historic Route 66 south of Hydro.




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From Tamara on 10/21/14

Who remembers when Route 66 was called Bloody 66?


From Ron Harmsen on 05/07/14

Was just there on May 4, 2014. The station is in the renovation process. The outside looks mostly complete. There are now what looks like small bungalows built right next door. The gas pumps are not there, but the floor hardware is. So maybe they are being restored. I suspect it will be a functioning museum/gift shop soon. Met a guy from the UK, at that spot. He was heading west on Route 66 and we were heading east. Good to see some landmarks being restored on the Mother Road.


From Klaas van der Heide on 12/24/13

I visited the station on september 7th 2013. It was abandon. I hope someone byes it and keeps in in shape for the future. This are the buildings we come to visit to Route 66. Klaas


From harry Decrop on 10/30/13

along the Historic 66, one of the items not to miss, when you're a bit nostalgic. Our trip from Belgium last july 2013 rindin' the 66 was certainly worth it. I loved it.


 
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