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The Whiting Bros. motels and gas stations on Route 66

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The Whiting Brothers built up chain of gas stations and motels in the Southwest that spanned Route 66 from Shamrock in Texas to Lenwood in California.

They owned over 100 stations and 32 were located on Route 66.

The ruins of some can still be seen, and one is still open and operating in Moriarty New Mexico.

Learn where these service stations and motels are. See what they look like today, an in their heyday.

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The History of Whiting Bros.

Edwin Marion Whiting

The Whiting was originally from Massachusetts. They migrated to Ohio ca. 1815 and later to Utah, after joining the Mormon faith.

The family's patriarch was Edwin Marion Whiting (1857-1934). In 1877 he married Anna Maria Isaacson. They had nine children, and Edwin Isaacson Whiting was the oldest.

1958 Whiting Brothers Road Map

Whiting Bros.
1958 Southwest US road map.
John Roma

Edwin worked on the Santa Fe Railroad in Winslow, later he moved to Utah and established saw mills there. But following a vision in which is late father appeared to him in a dream while he was feverish with typhoid fever, he retrned to Arizona.

He claimed a 160 acre homestead of forest and built his own sawmill there. He was successful, and with his five sons, incorporated Whiting Brothers in 1926 -the same year that Route 66 was created.

The Whiting brothers became merchants of groceries, oil and gasoline, automobiles and building materials.

E. I. Whiting

E. I. Whiting, (1882-1963) was born at the Meadows, 8 miles from St. Johns, Arizona.

The 1958 History of Arizona tells the following story about Whiting Bros.

At an early age, each of the sons joined his father and they worked closely together in all of their various enterprises. This close cooperation was effective in building up the organization which today places the Whitings among the Southwest's leaders in lumbering and saw-mill operations, farming and ranchign, oil refining... In 1914 E. I. Whiting and his brothers built an automobile garage and repair shop in St. Johns. In 1922 they accepted their first Ford agency. This venture has grown into a chain of garages and the service stations mentioned above. Mr. Whiting built the first motion picture theater in Apache County. The Whitings took their first road construction contract in 1906... [and] continue to hold a Class A General Contractors license in Arizona

Their timberland assets, known as "Whiting Block" in St. John's was destroyed by a forest fire in 1942, but the company overcame the losses and the postwar economic expansion brought a higher demand for lumber products. The company grew over the following twenty years expanding into service stations, ranching and the hospitality business.

The yellow and red Whiting Bros. shield and logo
Whiting Brothers logo

Third Generation

Two of E.I.'s sons, Farr and Virgil followed their father's steps and led the company, but died in an aviation accident in 1961. E.I. appointed his three sons-in-law to direct the company. Wilford J. Shumway became president of Whiting Brothers.

The company focused on the retail and hospitality sector as its core business.

Dunn and Bradstreed reported its sales as $6 Million in 1973, and having 190 employees.

Route 66

Headquartered in Holbrook, the company had built lumber gas stations along Route 66. It is said to have grown to over 100 filling stations plus fifteen motels and truck stops that extended from Lenwood in California to Shamrock in Texas.

Howver, the US Interstate Commerce Commission reported in 1971 that "Whiting Bros. Oil Company operates 43 service stations and 13 motels in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.".

Many of these service stations and motels were located along Route 66 where you can still see the remains of those that were abandoned.

Their slogan was "Most of the Best for the Least".

The company went through difficult times during the Arab Oil Embargo in 1973, which led to fuel shortages. Added to this was the expansion of the Interstate highway system that bypassed many of their service stations located on Route 66. The company sold the stations piecemeal.

Some motels continue to operate as such, but only one gas station remains open. Below we will describe the remaining Whiting Bros. sites along Route 66, from east to west, starting in Shamrock, Texas.

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Shamrock

There were three Whiting Bros. stations in Shamrock.

The easternmost surviving Whiting Bros. service station is in Shamrock, Texas.

Whiting Bros. Gas Station in Shamrock TX

720 E 12 Street, Shamrock

This building with Art Deco decorations on the upper part of its parapets and walls was a Whiting Brothers gas station dating back to 1938.

Art Deco

This style flourished between both World Wars (1914 to 1940). It adopted symmetry, rich colors and bold rectilinear geometric shapes to exalt technological progress.

It was a symbol of elegance, luxury, and wealth based on the mechanized technological world of the early twentieth century.

Art Deco buildings had linear, rectangular, triangular or trapezoidal shapes, zigzags, sleek and streamlined forms and smooth materials that blended concrete, marble, stucco and also steel, and aluminum.

It fell out of favor during WWII, when it was seen as decadent and it was replaced by more functional and unadorned styles.

Present appearance of the former Whiting Bros. Gas Station Shamrock Texas

former Whiting Bros. Gas Station in Shamrock
Remains of the Whiting Bros. Gas Station in Shamrock, Texas. Click image for Street view

See this photo from 2011 when it still sported the WB sign over the pump islands which was supported by the steel column that can be seen next to the curb.

Whiting Bros. Gas Station #2

old Whiting Bros. station

P.B. Wooldridge #2 Whiting Bros. Click for St. View

600 E 12th Street, Shamrock

This staion is known by the Texas Historic Resources Survey Inventory (THRSI) as the "P. B. Wooldridge #2 gas station", a Whiting Brothers station, also from 1938. Its Art Deco design is very similar to the first one.

The third Whiting Bros. in Shamrock

P.B. Wooldridge Gas Station

406 W 12th St.

It is facing Oscar's, on the SW corner of Arkansas St. and Route 66. This Art Deco building dates back to 1938 (all three Whiting Bros. stations in Shamrock were built that year). It was owned by P.B. Wooldridge, and was also the local Greyhound Bus Station. Later it became AA Towing. The station lacks a canopy and garage but has a protruding cornice above large windows, and a geometric parapet.

Art Deco Whiting Bros station in Shamrock
The #3 Whiting Bros. gas station in Shamrock, TX. Click for St. View

The next station in Texas was located in Groom.

Groom Service Station

606 Front Street, Groom

Located on the north side of Route 66 on the western side of Groom, this WB station in Groom TX is still standing, and has been repurposed as the offices of the Justice of Peace.

The building retains its canopy and concrete pump island

Present appearance of the former Whiting Bros. Gas Station Groom Texas

former Whiting Bros. Gas Station in Groom
Remains of the Whiting Bros. Gas Station in Groom, Texas. Click image for Street view

Amarillo

The next station is located in Eastern Amarillo on the original Route 66 alignment into the city.

Amarillo Whiting Brothers

7501 E Amarillo Blvd

The building is in disrepair, but the canopy, islands and office are standing. On the western side of the property, there is a yellow vertical sign with the faded letters "Whiting" written on it.

The old Amarillo Whiting Bros. Gas Station

abandoned Amarillo Whiting Bros. Gas Station
Abandoned Whiting Bros. Gas Station in Amarillo, Texas. Click image for Street view

The next station (#74) was located in downtown Vega, but it has been razed.

This ends our tour of the WB stations along Route 66 in Texas. We will head west into New Mexico.

New Mexico Whiting Brothers sites

There was a station in San Jon, but it burned down in the late 1960s, so the first WB sites in NM are in Tucumcari.

Tucumcari

Service Station: Gone

Whiting Brothers Sign, Route 66 Tucumcari

WB Sign in Tucumcari (gone).

4001 E Tucumcari Blvd.

It was located in eastern Tucumcari, on the north side of US66, just past the Super 8 Motel. It was demolished, but its signs had survived until around 2015 (2015 view), but now it has been completely razed (2018 view).

Head into town to see a "new" Whiting Bros. Gas Station.

Whiting "Recreation"

392 W Tucumcari Blvd.

The restored gas station was never a Whiting Brothers station. It was recreated in Nov. 2011 by a group of local town volunteers. The mural, artwork and lettering were also painted by a local, Doug Quarles.

Below is a sequence showing it Before and After its restoration or recreation as a WB station.

Whiting recreated, Route 66 Tucumcari

Whiting Recreated in Tucumcari.

Whiting prior to restoration, Route 66 Tucumcari

Whiting Before restoration.

Newkirk Station

1004 Emerald Rd. Newkirk

Whiting Brothers sation in Newkirk

The former Whiting station in Newkirk. Click image for St. View

On the north side of the freeway, on the original Route 66 alignment, on I-40s N Frontage Rd. at Exit 300.

This was WB station #78. The building has survived and is still operating as a service station.

You can see what it looked like in this 1980s photo.

The station at Cuervo was demolished so you will have to drive to Santa Rosa to see the next site.

Santa Rosa

The gas station was razed, but the old motel has survived.

Sunset Motel, formerly WB Motel

1835 US Route 66, Santa Rosa

The building is relatively unchanged, even the neon sign has kept the "Motel" and lower boxes of the original one (though now it is painted yellow instead of red -see the arrow in the photo below).

It is still open and operating as a motel under the name Sunset Motel. Below is a "Then-and-Now" sequence.

Whiting Bros. Motel in a 1970 postcard

postcard with the Whiting Bros motel and neon sign
1960s postcard Whiting Bros. Motel, Route 66, Santa Rosa. 66postcards.com

The big tree has gone, but the building is clearly recogniza ble.

Santa Rosas Whiting Bros. Motel today

current appearance of former Whiting Bros motel and neon sign
Former Whiting Bros. Motel, Route 66, Santa Rosa nowadays.
Red arrow shows the sign

Moriarty

Drive west to Moriarty here is the Only Whiting Bros. station on Route 66 that is still in operation.

Moriarty Whiting Brothers Service Station

The Moriarty Service Station was the #72 and opened in 1954. By the mid-1980s the company folded and sold off or closed its service stations.

In 1985 the #72 was bought by an employee who had worked there since 1965, opening the Sal & Inez Service Station, which is still operating.

Its sign, which was rusty and needing repair was an original one, and was restored in 2014.

Moriarty Whiting Brothers Service Station

The only operating Whiting Bros. Gas Station
Whiting Brothers Service Staiton in Moriarty NM. Click image for street view

Albuquerque

As you would expect, a city like Albuquerque had several WB gs stations. But none of them have survived.

Only the motel, located in Western ABQ is still standing.

Americana motel - formerly Whiting Motel

5908 Central Ave SW

The Americana Motel was once the Whiting Brothers Motel in Albuquerque. The Americana's neon sign is actually the original Whiting Bros. sign with the "WB" shield removed.

Americana motel west of Albuquerque, NM

Americana motel. Click for St. View

Old Whiting Brothers motel west of Albuquerque, NM

Whiting Brothers motel. www.cardcow.com. Click for larger image

Beside the motel, to the west is the old Whiting Gas Station Sign which now is faded with the paint peeling off, with the words"Trailers" and "Gas".

ABQ Whiting Bros. gas station sign

Albuquerque Whiting Bros gas station neon sign
Former Whiting Bros. gas station sign in ABQ. Click for St. View

Head west along Route 66 to San Fidel, to see the ruins of a derelict gas station and its neon sign, plus that of the now razed motel.

San Fidel

Whiting Bros. Gas Station in San Fidel

2.7 miles west of San Fidel, on NM 124, 0.5 mi. east of I-40's Exit 96. North side of the road.

It is also called the McCarty's Whiting because McCartys is close (5 mi. west).

The remains of the station are on Historic Route 66 (NM-24) 0.5 miles before I-40's Exit 96. On the right side of the road. The signs of the motel and service station are on the left side of US 66, and can be seen from the westbound lanes of the freeway.

Abandoned Whiting Brothers Service Station near San Fidel, Route 66, New Mexico

Abandoned Whiting Brothers Service Station near San Fidel, Route 66, New Mexico
Abandoned Whiting Brothers Service Station near San Fidel, Route 66, New Mexico, A. Whittall. Click image for Street View

As the image above shows, it has been falling slowly apart as time goes by inexorably.

It was built around 1940 and may have been the service station mentioned in 1946 by Rittenhouse's "Guidebook to Route 66", two miles west of San Fidel: "Chief's Rancho Cafe here, with gas, grocery, curios and cafe."

The sign reads: "Whiting Bros - MOTEL - groceries", and has an arrow pointing towards the vacant lot (the motel burned down in the 1990s). To the east is the brand's yellow shield with the letters "W B" and the words "Whiting Bros." on a red ribbon across it.

Old neon sign of the Whiting Brothers Service Station and Motel near San Fidel, Route 66, New Mexico

Neon sign Whiting Brothers motel and Service Station near San Fidel, Route 66, New Mexico
Neon sign of the Whiting Brothers Service Station near San Fidel, A. Whittall

Head west past Grants and Milan, whose WB properties have been razed, and stop at Continental Divide.

Continental Divide

Motel & Service Station in Continental Divide

N Frontage Road.

The former motel and service station are located on the north side of the dead-end Route 66 in Continental Divide.

Whiting Brothers Service Station and Motel

The motel kept on operating under different names, but is no longer open, but the sign is still there (Street View).

The service station still stands, see its Street View. It has the typical simple flat-roofed building with the canopy covering the two pumps. The Canopy now it reads "interlock installers".

In case you are wondering what an "interlock" is, it is a device like a breathalyzer, installed in a vehicle to deter drinking and driving. To start the vehicle, the driver must deliver a breath sample into the device. In New Mexico it is required for at least one year for all first-time Driving Under the Influence offenders; subsequent offenses require longer periods of installation. Drinking and driving is a problem in NM.

Old Whiting Brothers Motel and Service Station Sign on Route 66, Continental Divide New Mexico

Old Whiting Brothers Motel and Service Station Sign on Route 66, Continental Divide Route 66, New Mexico
Whiting Brothers Motel, Service Station and sign on Route 66, Continental Divide.

Below is a vintage postcard of the motel ca. 1960. Same building and sign that can be seen today.

Whiting Bros. Motel today

Continental Divide Whiting Bros motel postcard
Vintage Postcard Whiting Bros. Motel, Cont. Divide. cowcard.com

Gallup

Head west to Gallup.

In Gallup also had a motel and several gas stations. You can still see the motel and one service station.

Whiting Brothers sation in Gallup NM

The former Whiting station in Gallup. Click image for St. View

Station #12 in Gallup - now Danny's Auto Sales

700 E Route 66

On the south side of the road. The service station operated until the early 1980s then it became a used auto lot. The original building was razed around 2004 and was replaced by a new one. However, the original canopy is stil there.

Below is a vintage photo ca. 1980s of this station with the full Whiting Bros. regalia. As you can see, the canopy is the same.

Whiting Bros. Station #12 in 1980

Gallup Whiting Bros gas station in 1980
1980s photo of the #12 Whiting Bros. Station. Route 66 Gallup

Three miles West of Gallup was the #40 station, located more or less where J&J Truck services is nowadays.

One mile ahead was the motel.

Gallup WB Motel

3150 W Rte. 66

On the north side of the highway, the building has kept its general appearance (see the canopy by the office). Below is a Then and Now sequence of the original motel, which is still open, now a Budget Inn.

The Whiting Bros. Motel in a 1960s postcard

Gallyp Whiting Bros motel postcard
1960s Postcard Whiting Bros. Motel, Gallup. ebay.com

The building is virtually the same with a different neon sign.

Whiting Bros. Motel is now the Budget Inn

view of former Whiting motel, now Budget Inn, Gallup
Former Whiting Bros. Motel in Gallup now, a Budget Inn.

This ends our tour across New Mexico. The next stop is in Lupton, AZ.

Arizona

Whiting Brothers sation in Lutpon NM

The former Whiting station in Lupton. Click image for St. View

There is a gas station at Lupton.

Lupton

WB gas station Lupton

On the north Frontage Road, passing Tee Pee Trading, Sateline General Store, and the Chaparral Trading Post. At the foot of the red sanstone cliffs.

It has retained its canopy, pump islands, office and the sign poles are still standing, but the sign has vanished.

See this photo from the 1980s, with the same building, but sporting the red and yellow colors of Whiting Brothers.

Drive west to see the next site in Sanders.

Sanders

On the North Frontage Road, west of I-40's Exit 339, this former Whiting Bros. station was later the Stop and Go Café and Filling Station.

The canopy and three vintage gas pumps are still there. No WB signs are visible.

Whiting Bros. station, in Sanders

view of former Whiting station in Sanders
Old Sanders WB gas station. Click for St. View

Head west to Holbrook and enter it by its Eastern side.

Holbrook

As you enter the town from the east, you will encounter the former North Holbrook Whiting Bros. Motel, followed by a Whiting Bros. gas station.

Sahara Motel, former Whiting Bros. Motel - North Holbrook

2402 Navajo Blvd.

To your left. This is the second Witney Brothers Motel in Holbrook the other is ahead, in Western Holbrook, the West Holbrook Whiting Motel.

The motel was built in the 1960s with a modern geometric design typical of that period. The building hasn't changed. Only the Neon sign has adapted and shifted its position.

The Whiting Bros. Motel on the north side of Holbrook in a 1960s postcard.

North Holbrook Whiting Bros. Motel 1960s postcard
The Whiting Bros Motel - 1960s postcard. 66postcards.com

Currently the motel is the Sahara Inn.

View of the Sahara Inn
The Whiting Bros Motel - 1960s postcard. Click image to enlarge

Whiting Service Station Holbrook

2218 Navajo Blvd.

Two blocks further south, also to your left is an abandoned former Whiting Bros. gas station.

The Whiting Bros. Gas station in ruins.

Holbrook Whiting Bros. service station in ruins
Former Whiting Bros gas station, Holbrook. Click for St. View

Drive through the downtown of Holbrook and head west along Hopi Dr. ahead is the second Whiting Brothers motel in town.

The Whiting Motel now Economy Inn - West Holbrook

612 W. Hopi Dr. Holbrook, AZ

The Whiting Motel is shown below in a 1970s postcard. The back of the card said "WHITING MOTELS are located in Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams, Kingman, and Yucca, Arizona Barstow, California and Continental Divide, San Fidel Interchange, West Albuquerque,Gallup, & Tucumcari in New Mexico, (all on Interstate 40) 612 West Hopi Drive Phone (602) 524-3946 Box 850 - Holbrook, Arizona 86025".

Whiting Motel 1970s postcard. Holbrook, AZ. Route 66

Vintage 1970s postcard of the Whiting Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook Arizona
Vintage 1970s postcard of the Whiting Motel, West Holbrook, AZ

Below is how the old motel looks today, an Economy Inn: basically the same building in a different color, the neon sign was gone, but they kept the same ornamental gazebo in the front court.

Economy Inn, Holbrook, on Route 66

View of Economy Inn Route 66 in HolbrookArizona
Economy Inn on Route 66.Click image for Street View

Winslow

Motel now gone

There was a motel on the eastern side of Winslow but it was razed. You can see what it looked like before it was torn down: 2011 view and after it was razed 2018 view.

You can see the now vanished motel in this Winslow motel in a 1960s postcard.

It faced both east and westbound lanes of Route 66 through Winslow (along East 2nd and 3rd Streets).

Service Station in Winslow

1402 E 2nd St.

The Whiting Bros. gas station has survived and you can still see it.

It also faced both westbound and eastbound traffic along East 2nd and 3rd Streets. Below are the views along both streets.

Station serving eastbound traffic along Route 66

Former gas station Route 66 in Winslow
Eastbound lane Whiting Bros, Route 66, Winslow .
Red arrow shows the westbound station behind it. Click image for Street View

The westbound traffic gas station still has the "Whiting Bros. - Gas For Less" yellow sign with red letters

This was a Whiting Bros gas station Route 66 in Winslow
Westbound lane Whiting Bros, Route 66, Winslow .
Red arrow shows the eastbound station behind it. Click image for Street View

See this 1990s photograph of the station with all its WB colors.

Flagstaff

Whiting Bros. Motel Flagstaff

2140 W Historic Rte 66

The postcard stated "36 units - See Beautiful Northern Arizona". the building is very similar to the one in North Holbrook, with the gabled roofs above the two-floor building. Even the office canopy has the saw-tooth design.

A 1960s postcard of the Flagstaff Whiting Bros. Motel

1960s postcard Whiting Bros. motel in Flagstaff
Vintage postcard, WB Motel in Flagstaff. ebay.com

The motel is still open, and is now a Rodeway Inn.

A 1960s Current view of the former Flagstaff Whiting Bros. Motel now Rodeway Inn

current appearance of the former Whiting Bros. motel in Flagstaff
The former WB is now a Rodeway Inn, Flagstaff. Click image for St. View

Next to it, on its western side is the old WB gas station, now a car rental.

former Whiting Bros. gas station in Flagstaff

WB service station now. Flagstaff. Click for St. View

Flagstaff Whiting Bros. Gas Station

2136 E Rte 66

The original building is still standing, and is currently the offices of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The two concrete pump islands and the canopy held up by four steel posts are still there.

The steel superstructure that supported the sign on top of the canopy is clearly visible. This was their #91 station.

Bellemont Whiting Station: Gone

This station was located on the original Route 66 alignment on the south side of I-40, in Bellemont. You can see what it looked like in this 1962 photo, it has been razed and built over; now it is a storage depot (Street View).

Williams

WB Motel and Gas Station in Williams

315 W Bill Williams Ave.

The place was originally known as Sutton's Hotel Cottages, and renamed Sutton's Courts. In those days Bill Williams Avenue was a two way highway. The site was purchased in 1965 by Whiting Brothers and converted into a modern 60s motel. They also added the service station (Street view) that is located on the corner (now closed see photo).

In the early 1990s they sold it and it changed its name again. Since then it has been the "Arizona 9 Motor Hotel".

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A 1960s Current view of the former Flagstaff Whiting Bros. Motel in downtown Williams

current appearance of the former Whiting Bros. motel in Williams
The former Whiting Bros., now the 9 Arizona Motor Hotel Williams.

Below the original neon sign and, the remains of the old gas station.

Late 1960s postcard of the Whiting Brothers Motel in Williams, Route 66, Arizona

The Whiting Bros. Motel in a late 1960s postcard. 66postcards.com

former Whiting Bros. gas station,Williams AZ

Former WB service station. Williams AZ

Truxton

The WB service stations in Ash Fork and Seligman have been razed, but there is one that has survived in Truxton, the Truxton Service Station:

Whiting Gas Station in Truxton

Whiting Bros. station in a black and white photo
The former Whiting Bros. gas station in Truxton, Arizona
former Whiting Bros. gas station in Truxton AZ

Truxton Station, former WB

Truxton Service Station

This service station opened in 1951 and at one time was a Withing Brothers gas station, and was owned by Mildred Barker (owner of the Barker Apts. and the Frontier motel & café, both of them on US 66 in Truxton).

Later it became a Mobil station. The place is still operating, selling gasoline. See its street view.

Kingman

Kingman had a Whiting Motel that has survived, and two gas stations, of which one is still standing.

Former Kingman Whiting Bros Motel

1250 W Beale St.

It is located 1 mile west of downtown Kingman, not on US 66, but on US 93.

The old motel is still operating as a motel, now it is an Economy Inn. The service station to the east of it is gone. Below is a Then-and-Now sequence of the motel.

A view in the early 1970s of the Whiting Bros. motel & gas station in Kingman

1970s Postcard of Whiting motel and gas station in Kingman
Whiting Bros. Motel and gas station Kingman, Arizona, 1970 postcard. Credits.

Current appearance of the former Whiting Bros. motel

current appearance of the Whiting motel in Kingman aza
Former Whiting Bros. Motel nowadays, Kingman. Click image for Street View

The gas station was located on the southwestern side of Kingman, on the original alignment that existed before the Freeway. This ran to the east of the freeway's alignment all the way to McConnico (see map of this aligment), where it turned west (these 1,000 ft. -300 m- are now under the freeway) and headed towards Cool Springs and Oatman along current state Hwy 10 (see map of this alignment).

The WB station was located just before McConnico.

Dans Auto Salvage - former WB station

2666 S Highway 66

Now it is part of a junkyard full of tires and rusting cars that provides scrap metal and car parts to those who need them.

Dans Auto Salvage, west of Kingman

current view of Whiting gas station in Kingman
Dans Auto Salvage, formerly a Whiting Bros. gas station Kingman, Arizona, 1970 postcard. Click image for St. View.

Yucca

Whiting Bros. motel 1960s postcard

Whiting Bros motel postcard, Yucca AZ
credits

Located on the 1952 Route 66 alignment, that replaced the one going through Oatman, Yucca had a motel and a gas station. Both have been razed but their neon signs have survived and fade under the desert's sunlight.

On the eastern side of the freeway, on the northern side of this small town.

Whiting Bros. Motel and Gas Station.

Only the signs of the motel and gas station remain, on the eastern side of the highway. The motel and gas station were torn down years ago, and the signs are gradually decaying in the desert air.

Red rusting and fading motel sign in the desert
Fading Whiting Bros. Motel sign, Yucca, Arizona.

The "pool" and the crest with the company's logo have vanished.

To the south of the motel was the gas station. Only the concrete pump islands and the two signs survive.

gas station signs, rusting in the desert
The Whiting Bros. gas station signs, Yucca, Arizona.

Street view of all three signs.

California

The Whiting sites in Needles, Chambless, Barstow, and Lenwood have been razed. There is only one site remaining and it is located in Newberry Springs.

Newberry Springs

The Newberry Springs service station is the last Whiting Brothers site on Route 66.

It is on the north side of the road.

"Dry Creek" Station

The service station dates back to 1951, and was a Whiting Bros. Station (unit #45) until it closed around the time that I-40 bypassed Newberry Springs (early 1970s).

It was first a restaurant, Tony's Cafe, offering Italian American dishes, and then it became a service station. In 1982 it was bought by Mary and Henry McGee, and remains there, nostalgic of its former glory.

It was built with railroad ties, plastered with stucco and its canopy was crowned by a wood slat sign which was later repainted to read "Dry Creek Station", apparently by a movie crew shooting a film there. It may be the film "Happenstance" featuring Greg Lewis and Amy Wheaton, directed by Don Campbell (1997), this is its Street View.

Don't miss the original gas pumps frozen in time with gasoline at dirt cheap 1970s prices. They were manufactured by Bennet Co. and the gas was "leaded" and included 11 cents tax.

Dans Auto Salvage, west of Kingman

current view of Whiting gas station in Newberry Spring
Remains of the Whiting Bros. gas station Newberry Springs CA

The Whiting Bros. gas pumps in Newberry Springs

three old 1990s gas pumps at the Whiting gas station in Newberry Spring
Vintage gas pumps at the Whiting Bros. gas station Newberry Springs CA

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Whiting Bros. Gasoline Stations and Motels by Phillip Gordon
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Historic Resources Survey Inventory US 66
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Annette W. Farr. The Story of Edwin Marion Whiting and Anna Maria Isaacson. Pub. J. G. Stevenson, 1969.
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Familypedia Edwin Marion Whiting
WBI Companies History and Past Leadership
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