02 May DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: The Dalles
This 1950s view of The Dalles, Oregon, preserves the “Gas Station Cluster at the Edge of Town” that once book-ended America’s small town Main streets.
Here, 2nd Street carries westbound US 30 traffic downtown past 6 service stations, including 2 Texacos. In most towns, the Gas Station Cluster has been replaced by one or two large convenience store-gas stations. In The Dalles, 0 of these 6 gas stations have survived, replaced by one large Sinclair convenience store on East 3rd Street.