Whiting Brothers Gas Station in Lupton, AZ

Whiting Brothers in Lupton
You'd be forgiven in thinking that this beautiful Whiting Brothers station, inhabiting such a strikingly majestic location just west of the New Mexico state line in Lupton, Arizona, was located on old Route 66 . . . but you would be wrong. The north I-40 frontage road, where this station was photographed in 1983, was built to connect real Route 66 coming from Gallup in the east, with its continuation on the south side of I-40 at Exit 359. The interstate cut the old road in pieces before it reached the state line. Pre-I-40 era postcards show a former Whiting Brothers location that must have been wiped out by interstate construction, or else abandoned shortly thereafter, in favor of this latter-day incarnation.