As common structures seen across the United States, gas stations have occupied locations on main streets and suburban corners. They are characterized not only by architecture, but also by their function-servicing automobiles and providing fuel for their use. Throughout Sioux Falls, gas stations have ranged from one-room sheds to elaborate one-stop complexes.
With the development of oil and gas, the industry has evolved and expanded to become an integral part of today’s economy. From mass-production of the automobile to other technological developments, the oil industry created an explosion of distribution and use.
Over time, gas stations design in the United States evolve with changes in cars, cities, and traffic. What was once a hardware store clerk filling a bucket of gas and bringing it to the car parked at the curb, soon became a small-structured station where one could purchase gasoline, oil, and other auto necessities.
This exhibit features a variety of gas stations and oil companies in Sioux Falls and also has interactives where kids can change tires and perform routine maintenance on a vehicle.