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Missouri || The Automotive Mausoleum of Lyle Van Houtem

On an unobtrusive exit off US-36, in the town of Clarence, Mo. (population 813 as of last census)... Oil station, clarence, missouri

...lost travelers seeking a gas station will certainly find one.

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Just not the kind they were probably looking for.

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At the edge of Maplewood Cemetery, a perfectly preserved MPA filling station is home to a collection of 1950s-era vehicles:

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Two Ford-O-Matic Crestlines, a F100 custom cab pickup truck, a Galaxie 500, and an anachronistic Mercury Grand Marquis.

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All are staffed by mannequins costumed in various states of fancy dress (including three dressed as teddy bears in marching band uniforms.)

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Said to be the collection of one Lyle Van Houten, who in his youth pumped gas at this very filling station, the sphinx-faced mannequins are the closest thing to a sign of life visible for miles along this road.

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...and that is about all I can think to say about it. (Besides, of course, the obvious.)

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