In April 2007, I visited with
Albert and Geneva Casey at Casey’s Service Center in Clifton, Texas. Albert told me he had purchased
the Texaco station from Bob Strain in February 1963 and had been in business for 44 years. The late Mr. Spruce Schow had built
the original Texaco building at 100 North Avenue G in Clifton, Texas about 1954 or early 1955. The Texaco building was located
at the intersection of Highway 6 (to Waco, Texas) and FM 219 (to Cranfills Gap). Charles Westley first leased the new building
from Mr. Schow as Westley’s Texaco, which it remained, until the spring of 1962, when Mr. Westley sold the station business
to Bob Strain.
The original Texaco building was the typical Texaco Teague design, which were two service
bays, one for vehicle lubrication and service and the other for washing the vehicle. A small office was usually next to the
service bay, with two restrooms accessed from outside the main building. Some stations had a canopy over a set of gasoline
pumps, and some did not, as was with Westley’s Texaco. There were two sets of gasoline pumps (Fire Chief or regular
and Sky Chief or ethyl), and one set was directly in front of the building (near Highway 6), and the other set of gas pumps
was on the south side of the building next to FM 219. The pumps were quite a long distance from the office.
In the summer of 2007, Albert and Geneva Casey sold Casey’s Service Center. Coldwell
Banker (Real Estate) purchased the property and completely remodeled the building. The old building was not taken down. At sometime during Mr. Casey's ownership of Casey's Service Center,
two additional service bays were added next to the wash bay on the north side of the building. The entire building has now
been enclosed into one large facility! The original Texaco building and
the portion Mr. Casey had added on, was completely enclosed in the new building. As of June 2008, the exterior of the building
had been completed. There were several offices inside the new building and work was to be completed on additional office space.
The following photographs are of Casey's
Texaco in the 1980s, and Casey's Service Center in April 2007, followed by remodeling of the building in the Fall of 2007
and photographs of the completed Caldwell Banker building as of June 2008.