History: Unusual service station

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The Bossier Banner issue of December 8, 1938 welcomed the new Tower Service Station to Bossier City.

“As the public of Bossier Parish is informed elsewhere in this issue, in a page advertisement and in pictorial form, Ralph Brandon is having his formal opening December 9th and 10th, Friday and Saturday, of The Tower Service Station, in Bossier City.”

“This new service station is located at the intersection of Highways 80 and 10, across the street from Kickapoo.  Bill Bailey is manager of this new station, which features Pan-Am products, gasolines, motor oils and greases, U. S. Tires and Batteries.”

“Mr. Bailey is having a home constructed within one block of this new service station, and, as most of his friends already know, his wife is the former Miss ‘Chubby’ Carter, of Benton.”

“One feature of this new station, which truck drivers will be glad to learn of is that hot and cold showers are available and that a lounge is provided for customers.”

“The station boasts of the most powerful hydraulic lift in North Louisiana, in fact, the largest in the state outside of New Orleans, having a lifting capacity of 40,000 pounds.”

“Messrs. Brandon and Bailey invite the people of Bossier Parish to visit their Service Station, The Tower, during the formal opening days, Friday and Saturday of this week, when souvenirs will be given each patron and when the general public will be treated to the high type of service which this station will always afford its patrons.”

“This service station is owned by ‘Bill Hosier, who conceived the idea of building a service station in tower form, an innovation in this section of the country.”

Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or by e-mail at amiddlet@state.lib.la.us