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Abandoned Gas Station

Sometimes, a photo opportunity just sort of presents itself.  While driving around on a photography outing in Atlantic City, New Jersey, I happened upon an abandoned gas station on US 30 near Absecon, where the fuel canopy had fallen on its side.  I pulled over, got out my camera, and explored it, as did my companions.  The station was branded “Fine Petro” at the time of my visit, but based on a check of Google Street View, this gas station had operated intermittently over the years under a few different brands.  It operated as a Gulf station at least through 2015, and by 2017, it was operating under the Delta brand.  By 2018, it had rebranded to Fine Petro, and had closed for good by October 2019.  I don’t know exactly when the canopy fell over or what the sequence of events was that led to its failure, but based on a physical examination of the supports, it was clear that the canopy gave up without much of a fight, as two of the three supports had given way in a brittle manner at their base.  Only the northernmost support showed any evidence of buckling.

In any case, I imagine that this gas station will never operate again, but at the same time, I also imagine that the remains of this gas station won’t be removed any time soon, either.

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