The Old Underwood & Petty Service Station – Strawberry Plains, Tennessee

The Old Underwood & Petty Service Station – Strawberry Plains, Tennessee

One of the stars on my Google Map that was close to where I stayed one night in Tennessee, was the old Underwood & Petty service station in Strawberry Plains. I’m not sure where I first saw a picture of the old station. It may have been something in my Instagram feed. Shunpikers, roadtrippers and backroad ramblers are great sources for this sort of thing. But I suppose the where I saw it is immaterial when the why I saved it is obvious.

But there is the other why. Why would I ride with a purpose to lay eyes on a crumbling old facade? I can’t buy it, fix it, save it. I can’t stop time. What is the purpose of going to see it or any of the other ghost stations I might visit?

That I do not know.

What is it that I’m hoping to see when I peer through their old windows? Some type of magic or a secret; treasure, maybe?

The decrepit old pump standing sentry. It’s pump handle in everlasting salute.

Underwood & Petty

I see you, old girl. You’re still beautiful to me.

On Google Maps

3 Replies to “The Old Underwood & Petty Service Station – Strawberry Plains, Tennessee”

  1. Some people travel all over the country to take photos of abandoned things. If nothing else its a great excuse to get out of the house. If you feel something or learn something that’s a bonus. Awesome pics!

  2. There seems to be a romance in the vintage…it portrays a gentler time, a slower pace, a trust and comrodery that is not always present today. It’s awsome to step back in time and capture the feelings. Love your pics and enjoy your writing….keep going.

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