Site of World's First Drive-In Gas Station Historic Marker
Photo of the world's first drive-in gas station, Baum Blvd. and St. Clair St., Pittsburgh, PA. Photo courtesy The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh.
Historical marker along Pittsburgh's Baum Blvd.
Another vintage photo of the first drive-in gas station.
Backstory and Context
Filling a car with gasoline was very different 100 years ago. A driver had to hop off the seat, the gas tank was underneath - it needed gravity's help to reach the carburetor because the fuel pump wouldn't be invented for another 15 years. Check the fuel level with a dipstick, since there was no fuel gauge. And someone needed to start cranking the gas because it wasn't going to pump itself.
Sanserino, Michael. "Pittsburgh's Century-Old Drive-In Gas Station First of Its Kind." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 30, 2013. Accessed November 6, 2016. http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2013/12/01/FILL-ER-UP/stories/201312010079
"1913: First U.S. Drive-In Service Station Opens in Pittsburgh." The Surge. September 27, 2016. Accessed November 6, 2016. http://thesurge.com/stories/1913-first-u-s-drive-service-station-opens-pittsburgh