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Belle Plaine, Iowa: George Preston Gas Station Remains

Vintage road signs cover the outside of the old gas station owned by George Preston, who once appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Preston died in 1993, most stuff sold off, but vintage signs remain on building.

13th St., Belle Plaine, IA
West side of town. On the north side of Hwy 21/13th St. just east of 4th Ave.
Closed but building visible. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Preston Gas Station.

George Preston Gas Station Remains

On the day we visited, George Prestons granddaughter was there and opened the building for us. Most outside signs have been removed so the building could be evaluated. Fortunately, the structure is in great shape and can be preserved.

[GTAirstream, 07/18/2022]

Preston's Station.

George Preston Station

A lot of his collection was sold off when George passed but the old gas station (there since 1923) and considerable signage is on the Lincoln Highway frontage through town.

[S Brian Berkun, 07/01/2015]

Lincoln Highway stuff.

Lincoln Highway Museum

If you're interested in old Lincoln Highway mementos and memories, you should visit Belle Plaine where a Lincoln Highway Museum (called the Preston Museum) is located. In this small town is a great collection of artifacts from the early days of motor travel. In addition to the many signs attached to the building, there was what appeared to be a steam-powered tractor in sad condition as well as another antique tractor. While closed when we were there, the old signs, tractors, filling station equipment, etc. are still worth the stop.

[John Holmes, 08/14/2007]

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