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Shea's Gas Station

2075 Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL
217-522-0475
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Ranked #19 of 31 attractions in Springfield
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This wonderful private museum, owned by the Shea family, is loaded with gas station and oil company collectibles and is an internationally renowned,... more » Owner description: This wonderful private museum, owned by the Shea family, is loaded with gas station and oil company collectibles and is an internationally renowned, must-see Route 66 landmark. « less
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Chickamauga, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I would NOT recommend that anyone spend even one dollar of their gas toward driving by and seeing this NOTHING of an attraction. I would also recommend that the city of Springfield reconsider calling this place a recommended site for tourist. To recommend or even acknowledge this place as a tourist site takes away any and all credibility of their... More

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Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Sincde death of owner, the museum has been closed. You can see interesting outside items through the chain link fence, but hope someone takes it over and re-opens so inside exhibits can be enjoyed again.

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LEJ45
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It's more of a junk yard, than a stop. There are some neat "Mother Road" related pieces (i.e. old signs, car parts, gas pumps), but it nothing worth more than a drive by. There are much cooler Route 66 stops elsewhere, but still, why not?

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St. Louis MO
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Been there twice and it wasn't open either time. I give up.supposed to be open till noon, we were there at 9 am.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

this is a great old route garage with loads of old cars and stuff. It was closed when we got there but we still got loads of good pic

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This would have been my second visit to Shea's but I learned it was closed and in probate due to the death of Mr. Shea. If you are interested ingoing (and I recommend it) call the CVB at 1-800-545-7300. The collection is amazing. What can't be replaced is the personality of Mr. Shea.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Unfortunately it was closed when I visited, but the wire fences make it easy to see most of the 'exhibits'. There's a lot of roadside and road-trip artefacts and memorabilia here. If Route 66 is a passion, you must stop here when in Springfield.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We drove to find this place and it was closed ,so we just looked trough the gate . Its a cool place to take pictures if only we could have gone inn ,so make sure you call before you head out there .

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Turnhout, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

When we were here this place was closed, too bad that it's closed most of the time due to health issues of the original owner but it's still a sight to see and take pictures!

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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72 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a former gas station that houses the private collection of Bill Shea, who used to operate a Texaco station on the site. It occupies two buildings - with the other a former 1920s Phillips 66 station that was moved to the location from elsewhere in Illinois. Although opening hours are apparently now erratic, I was lucky on a... More

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