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And the West is History: Main Avenue and Seventh Street Texaco – ca. early 1950s

This image from the Brennan Family Collection shows their downtown Texaco directly across Main Avenue from the Strater Hotel around 1950. Family patriarch Mike Brennan built his first service station in 1923 near the entrance of today’s Durango Fish Hatchery near the Main Avenue Bridge. Throughout the years, the family had numerous Texaco stations in town. When corporate mergers occurred in the petroleum industry, the Brennans transitioned their stations to Exxon. Today, Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts is located on this corner. Behind the station is T.C.T. Motors, a mid-century Oldsmobile & GMC Truck dealership with its showroom and service department located at 679 East Second Ave. This building still exists but with additions and major renovations. – Ed Horvat for Animas Museum, edhorvat@animasmuseum.org (Catalog Number: 23.40.7 from the La Plata County Historical Society Photo Collections)

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