Caruthers, California: Fighter Plane Crash Gas StationA WWII fighter plane is buried nose down in the circular roof above the gas pump island.
- 12945 S Elm Ave., Caruthers, CA
- Highway 41, 8 miles south of Fresno, west on Mountain View about 800 feet, right on S Elm Ave. to Quick Stop Minimart.
- June 2013: tipster sez it's gone.
Visitor Tips and News About Fighter Plane Crash Gas Station
Right off the highway, so it's a great little quick stop on your way to Fresno. The plane looks pretty crazy! Everything around it is run down. Worth going if you were wanting to get some water anyway.[CS, 03/23/2013]
When I was a young lad, my great-uncle and aunt lived in Caruthers. What is now Elm Ave was Highway 41 then. The gas station was how we knew where the turnoff was. These days, it's just west of the new 41.[Jack Cornelison, 10/09/2009]
Just south of Fresno, is the Quick Stop Minimart (which used to be called the AirGas in the '50s). Atop the center pump island is a WWII era fighter plane nose down. Now since bypassed by the new highway, it stands as an odd reminder of just how far businesses will go to capture tourist dollars...[Moosehunter, 02/25/2001]
A restaurant on hwy 41, south of Fresno, with an old two seat prop plan plowed straight down into the roof over the gas pump island.[Bernie Riecker, 01/29/1998]