Opened in 1922, this unexpected Retro Roadmap-worthy gas and service station has been Guy’s since the early 1960s. Family owned and operated by generations of Guys, these guys (ha ha!) are keeping the notion of old fashioned gas station service alive.
While New Jersey is one of only 2 states where you must have your gas tank filled by an attendant, Guy’s is the only place I know of in the entire state if not beyond where the gas comes out of an actual vintage gas pump!
While pumping my gas under the historic columned overhang, owner Guy Burd explained to me that while we call gas pumps are really gas dispensers. This makes a difference when there’s no electricity to run the modern pump located underground, as no one can get gas. However, Guy’s made the news for actually being the only place around during Hurricane Sandy where people could get gas, since their dispenser has the pump inside it.Sometimes old fashioned technology works best!
Walking inside the station you may encounter a generation or two of the family or local cronies who like to visit the station for a cup of coffee and socializing. You’ll see some great old photos of the gas station, and a collection of gas station memorabilia on display. A font of local knowledge, be sure to ask Guy him about the station’s original owner Earle Eckel, the autogiro airport and concrete mile. Who knew that a stop for gas could be so interesting!
Don’t just stop and photo - get gas and support this landmark!
Look for the historical marker for the Concrete Mile just down the road