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McDougal Filling Station

443956 East State Highway 60 (3 miles east of Vinita)




The McDougal Filling Station is a house-type service station and was constructed in 1940 on Route 66 east of Vinita. The distinctive wood-frame building exhibits a sandstone veneer known as Giraffe Stone, a patchwork of light and dark colored sandstone with a pattern of dark colored mortar joints. This pattern is most commonly found in the Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri region. The gabled roof has red asphalt shingles and exposed rafter tails on the overhanging eaves on the east and west. A chimney pierces the ridge of the roof on the north end. The station was an independent operation and not associated with a particular gasoline brand, and such stations were among the first to suffer when I-44 diverted traffic from Route 66. The gasoline rationing and travel restrictions of the war years made it difficult for independent stations to survive, but the McDougal's were successful. The McDougal Filling Station is a significant example of how Route 66 supported the development of small local businesses after World War II, as well as the burgeoning national economy symbolized by the explosion in the automobile industry.