Jan 062012

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum

Ben and Nancy Harris are at the West End Camp in Winslow, where gasoline, groceries and dry goods could be purchased in the early 1900s. In those days fuel was pumped through visible gas pumps, with a clear glass cylinder, usually five or 10 gallons on top of the pump, so you could see what you were getting or if the gas was dirty, which was a big problem at that time. There was a manual pump you’d pull back and forth to pump the gas out of the underground tank into the cylinder, which was eight or 10 feet tall. From there the gas flowed by gravity down the hose and into the car. For more information on Winslow’s history, visit www.oldtrailsmuseum.org.