This was a gas station located on the
“Alabama Triangle” across from
Brookside Drug. Since 1974 the site
has been a municipal parking lot.
On October 15, 1925, George L. Brooks and M.B. Hagen
received permission to install a Benzo Gas Co. station on
the NW corner of Excelsior and Jackson (Alabama). In 1926 a
permit was issued to Benzo Gas Motor Fuel Co.
On October 5,
1927, George Brooks obtained a permit to operate a
restaurant and sell soft drinks at his place on Excelsior
Blvd. between Brookside and Jackson [Alabama]. At about the
same time, Brookside was straightened to connect with
In 1928, H.G. Worel advertised his Benzo Gas station,
featuring Mobiloil, Tires, Tubes, and Accessories. In 1929,
permits to operate a gas station and restaurant and to sell
soft drinks and milk were issued to Brooks and Borst.
1931 the permit to operate the station was awarded to
Petroleum Services Co.
In August 1932, a Minneapolis Tribune ad indicated
that a Tydol station in the Park was owned and/or operated
by an A.W. Downing.
In 1933 it was the Williams Bros Tydol Service Station.
Tydol was the name of the gas, and Veedol was the oil. The
company was the Tide Water Associated Oil Company. [There
was also something about Parxoil–me–t-orr.] The
company put out some rather bizarre ads - one undated
magazine ad shows a car committing suicide, among other
In 1935 it was
(Julius) Johnson's Tydol Station, with 3 pumps. That year a
Henry T. Melius was awarded a permit for 6004 Excelsior.
1937 it was the (Wm.) Burgess Tydol Station (Burgess had
worked for Sid Brown at 3901 Excelsior). The undated
picture below is of the Burgess station.
In 1939 it was
Mac's Service Station/Tankar Gas Inc.
In 1944 the first building was torn down. On December 5,
1944, B.W. Daly of the Petroleum Service Company (219
Fremont Ave. No, Mpls.) obtained a permit to a 5,000 gallon
underground tank. The 3 pump station was run by Burgess
In 1950 it switched to Kunz Oil Co., represented
by A.C. Godward and Douglas Rees.
In January 1951, the Parxoil Company (selling
Tydol-Veedol-Fuel Oil) advertised a playing card premium
plan in the Echo. "With each $2.00 in trade you
receive one coupon good for playing cards. We will
redeem 15 coupons for one pack of remembrance Quality Redi-Slip
Finish Playing Cards with our compliments."
In 1951, Parx Oil (Tydol) took down the old structure and
installed a 3,500 gas tank (M&H Gas Co.).
In February 1952 the SLP High School Echo featured an
ad that said "Now..... At No Extra Cost
ME-TEE-OR Filtered and Dehydrated Gasoline
Excelsior at Brookside."
In 1954 the Village ordered Miller and Holmes, Inc. to
remove an abandoned gas tank at Excelsior and Brookside.
They then installed one 15,000 gallon tank.
In 1956 it was Jack’s Oil Well/Star Gas.
From July 26, 1956
to 1958 it was Star Service Gas for Less - Open All Night. In ’58 you
could redeem your stamp book for Cannon towels.
From 1959 to
1960 it was a National Certified Gas Station.
In or before 1964 it became a Holiday (Erickson) Station
until about 1972.
1968 Photos above and below courtesy Emory Anderson.
Note guns for sale!
In 1974 the site was purchased by the City and made into a
municipal parking lot.