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Clearwater museum opens in former 1928 filling station

In 1928, the red brick building, located at the intersection of Main and Nebraska streets, in Clearwater, opened as Contois Bros. Service Station.

An early advertisement for the premises lured customers with the promise of "a free box of chocolates for each customer that fills their gas tank, at our new service station." In all capital letters, and off center, the ad concludes with "TODAY."

The modern filling station featured a ladies restroom and shower baths for both men and women, with hot and cold water.

Ninety-five years after opening for business along Highway 108, the building still mai...


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