First Fill 'Er Up


In 1917, the Standard Oil Company of Ohio opened the first automobile filling station dealing exclusively in the sale of gasoline and petroleum products in Columbus, Ohio. It paved the way for modern service stations, where motorists can get a range of automotive products and services in a single stop.

Did You Know?

  • Standard Oil of Ohio, or Sohio was acquired by British Petroleum which is now BP.
  • Gas stations are called petrol stations, or petrol garages, outside of the U.S. and Canada.
  • Gasoline is sold by the U.S. gallon in the United States and by the litre in most other parts of the world.

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