The Consolidated Truck Stop and Gas Station was formed from the merger of three smaller gas stations and was a beacon of the interstate for many years. Business was good enough to erect large steel letters on poles by the interstate reading “GAS STATION” and “TRUCK STOP.” Crippled by the early-2000s increase in fuel prices, the station closed in 2003. Its owners simply abandoned it, and years of neglect led the steel letters to begin falling off one by one. By the late 2010s, “GAS STATION” had deteriorated to “AS S ION” with plant growth largely obscuring the “ION.” This led to a short-lived popularity as a piece of urban decay photography, with the dilapidated station being framed behind what appeared to be a sign reading “ASS.”

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