March 4, 2020
New Exhibit about Kemnitz Sinclair Service Station at Cherokee Strip Museum
PERRY, Okla. — The Cherokee Strip Museum will host an exhibit about the Kemnitz Sinclair Service Station in Perry opening Tuesday, March 3. The exhibit will feature original items from the station including signs, gas pumps, globes and even a hand-carved version of the Sinclair mascot, “Dino.”
Kemnitz Sinclair Service Station is located at the southeast corner of Perry’s downtown square. In 2020 the station is celebrating 83 years of continuous operation. It was built in 1937 by Mid-Continent Petroleum Company as a Diamond D-X Service Station. The station is still in business and has been operated by the Kemnitz family since 1955. Through the years, the station went from being D-X to APCO, and in 1994 it began operating under the Sinclair brand. Kemnitz Sinclair Service Station is one of few gas stations in Oklahoma continuing to offer full service, where customers can remain in their automobile while having their windows washed, tires and oil checked, and gas pumped by an attendant.
For more information about exhibits and events at the museum, visit www.cherokee-strip-museum.org and follow the museum on Facebook at Cherokee Strip Museum. The Cherokee Strip Museum is located at 2617 W. Fir St. in Perry.
The Cherokee Strip Museum is an affiliate of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.