This early 20th-century gas station was constructed to serve the town of Elberta and those commuting to and from a nearby gold mine. The Sinclair station on US 6 started serving early automobiles in 1917.
When the gold mine closed in 1949, the town of Elberta situated in Utah’s west desert began to decline and many families moved away. The Sinclair station remained in operation until 1982. Older details preserved by the dry desert climate include a patched metal roof and original woodwork.
The shop has been maintained by a family member of the last owner and commonly sports flags for Independence Day. An old gas pump sat in front of the building until 2014, and a small picnic table is located behind the shop where patrons could rest and eat.
A somewhat less picturesque old Amoco station is located across the street. The area is relatively empty of many other sights, but the old station is truly worth the stop.
Know Before You Go
The building itself is private property and is marked as such. The site is best viewed from the roadside.