Haysville's Vickers Station added to National Register of Historic Places

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (KWCH) An iconic Haysville gas station has been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

(Source: City of Haysville)

Vickers Petroleum Service Station, located at 140 N. Main Street, was added to the Register of Kansas Historic Places in August.

In early October, the City of Haysville received word the listing was approved for listing on the National Historic Register.

The Vickers Station was built in 1954 and is the first service station in the nation to feature the "architecturally significant ‘batwing’ design" and two historic gas islands in front of the station.

Haysville city officials say the design, meant to withstand severe weather and wind, saved Vickers from destruction during the 1999 tornado.

"We had a very very large tornado that came down Main Street and wiped out all the buildings on each side of it and the Vickers station was still standing there. It did what the design was supposed to do," said Haysville Mayor Bruce Armstrong.

The city is now working to further restore the gas station to its original look.

"We’ve tried to take it back to as much period possible. You’ll see that we’ve changed out the globes, the Vickers globes we’ve found," said Armstrong. "We’ve got some Vickers signs that we’ll be installing so that people truly know it’s Vickers."

On the National Historic Register, you can find Vickers in a sub-category called Roadside Kansas, which the Kansas Historical Society describes as a broad genre that includes “automobile service stations, car dealerships, drive-in restaurants, roadside attractions, and other businesses that served the motoring public.”

Other Roadside Kansas sites include the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, and the J. Arch Butts Packard Building in Wichita.