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Route 66 Landmark: The Iceberg Gas Station

A typical example of the programatic architecture that onced defined roadside businesses, the Rio Pecos Oil Company's Gas & Eat Cafe was shaped like an iceberg.  During the 1930s, the original location on Central Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico (U.S. 66) was operated by Frank R. Fortenberry.  By the 1950s the “iceberg station” had changed ownership and was moved to U.S. Highway 85 (in this photo, the traffic can be seen in the background).   U.S. 85 and 66 crossed in Albuquerque, bringing plenty of traffic from both the North, South, East, and West to this location.   Here, the former Route 66 service station and landmark sat neglected until it was demolished in 1972.
    Route 66 Iceberg Gas Station
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