The historic Carty’s Camp Shell gas station is for sale in Needles CA. The station was built around 1925 and pretty much most of the existing structure is still there and intact. There are a few additions which were put on over it’s earlier years to house the owner and their family back in the day.
The station has been modified with a new overhang and taller upright which held the big gas sign when it was open.
This was the building which brought me into Needles. It was a call from Linda Fitzpatrick who asked for some help / ideas on how to get this station back to it’s former glory. Linda has been the biggest cheerleader behind the restoration of the gas station, but the only ‘hurdle‘ has been it’s current owner. If a new owner can be found, the support behind any preservation efforts would be bigger than you know.
There is a ‘rush’ to find a buyer as the town is having problems with the owner. He does not want to do anything with the building, but there are so many folks who see the potential.
You can contact Linda by Emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org as she is a real estate broker and has all the information on the property.
This would be a GREAT little tourist stop along the route as Needles really is the ‘first town of the last state’ on Route 66. It is also RIGHT next to the 66 Motel sign which someone just restored (can’t think of the guy’s name right now!!) which, as we know, has thousands of folks stop and take pictures of.
Also, it is located within miles of both Laughlin and Bullhead City, which both have millions of visitors a year.
If you ever wanted to own a piece of Route 66 history – this might be your time!