Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Magnolia/Mobil Service Station
An article in the September 1, 2012 San Antonio Express News stated that there was a parlor where ladies could sit while having their car serviced. The original tile from the parlor can still be seen in the store today. (Note to self, time to go shopping and check! Sloan Hall is a delightful gift shop)
The Magnolia Petroleum Company had been established in 1911 and all shares of stock acquired by Standard Oil Company of New York in 1925. When Socony merged with Vacuum Oil Company to form Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Magnolia became an affiliate of the new company. In 1959 Magnolia merged with Socony Mobil and its operations became part of Mobil Oil Company.
Magnolia Petroleum Building in Dallas were re-built and reinstalled and re-lit on New Years Eve 1999. They no longer revolve due to the considerable age of the mechanism, but the Pegasus is considered a beloved, permanent fixture of the Dallas night skyline.
I'm just thankful that we didn't loose this treasure and that steps have been taken to protect and preserve it for the future.