Kersey’s Garage: Horse to Horseless

Kersey 2

Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman

Taking detours on the open road will lead to pleasant discoveries.

Two weeks ago, after eating a delicious breakfast at Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner in Lakewood, Colorado, I began the trek back to Rock Springs.

On Interstate 25 I wondered whether I should head to Cheyenne then turn west or go through Fort Collins. Instead, I went with  option C,  get off onto US 34, a road I haven’t traveled on and head east.

After reaching Greeley and taking pictures of a Union Pacific railroad depot I drove around until I found a filling station.

There aren’t many stations around which feature elements from different eras.  From the garage’s original sign and brick construction to Texaco gas pumps that saw fins off a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air, the nostalgic goosebumps spread like wildfire.

Kersey’s

Clyde Clad Kersey came to Platteville, Colorado in the1880s  before relocating to Greeley. The area the station stood was a barn providing feed,  shelter for horses and storage for carriages and wagons.

In 1917, it became Kersey Livery and Feed Stable, which was built by W.F. Mortimer. Three years later when the automobile was beginning to proliferate, it was converted to a gas station and garage  built using a brick bonding system.

Kersey operated the garage until he turned it over to his son-in-law Maurice Burbridge, a lifelong resident of Greeley. Burbridge eventually changed the name to Texaco Star, which repaired cars as well as provided storage for trucks and wagons with produce needing protection from the cold.

Kersey 3

Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman

In 1964, Ray Eckhardt and his younger brother Ronnie worked as mechanics and bought out Burbridge.

Today, it is Jim’s Auto Repair.

Travel to 531 8th St. and soak in specs of automotive, Colorado and American histories, but be careful, it is still a functioning business.

Kersey 1

Photo by Gregory R.C. Hasman

 

 

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