Gas station that used to be in London

Gas station that used to be in London

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Anonymous

Somerset, KY

#1 Oct 10, 2013
What was the name of the little gas station on the north side of London in front of where Pizza Hut used to be? It's been gone for the past almost decade now. I saw it on the March 10th, 1997 satellite image of London in Google Earth and couldn't remember what it was called.
Anonymous

Somerset, KY

#2 Oct 10, 2013
Correction: Not in front, but on the other side of the road of the now demolished Pizza Hut in north London.
Old Man

London, KY

#3 Oct 10, 2013
Kocolene
Anonymous

Somerset, KY

#4 Oct 11, 2013
Thanks
Memories

Manchester, KY

#5 Oct 18, 2013
I think it was the Kocolene and was managed by Gobel Kirby, It was such a quick in and out place and was rumored to be the most profitable station in London.They had self serve and customer service.
FRIEND

Winchester, KY

#6 Oct 18, 2013
Kocolene sat right where the Sonic is that is now closed. There was a carwash where CVNB is now and there was a Scotty's Hamburger Rest. on the left of Kocolene. Many years ago on the corner where the auto parts store is now, there was an old Hotel called the Rockhaven.
jonlee

London, KY

#8 Oct 19, 2013
I don't remember the Rockhaven, but I remember Scotty's. My grandmother lived on Mill Street and my uncle took me there a lot. We also went to the Country Kitchen truck stop down past Dog Patch. Ah, the memories......... Thanks, (as I smile).
Older Than Dirt

Flat Lick, KY

#9 Oct 19, 2013
FRIEND wrote:
Kocolene sat right where the Sonic is that is now closed. There was a carwash where CVNB is now and there was a Scotty's Hamburger Rest. on the left of Kocolene. Many years ago on the corner where the auto parts store is now, there was an old Hotel called the Rockhaven.
Kocolene was a little below the Sonic.
well

Saint Louis, MO

#10 Oct 19, 2013
Older Than Dirt wrote:
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Kocolene was a little below the Sonic.
yeah because the sonic is where dairy queen used to be. ah those delicious blizzards.
FRIEND

Winchester, KY

#11 Oct 19, 2013
No the Dairy Queen was where the Auto parts store is now....on the corner. Sonic is next to CVNB and that is where Kocolene was at. Sonic is between the old Scotty's lot and CVNB.
Memories

Manchester, KY

#12 Oct 19, 2013
When I was a young girl we used to drive into London from Rockcastle Co. just to get strawberry pie and a fried chicken dinner at Jerry's Restaurant. It was a drive in and I believe it was located close to the BP Station/Old Town Grille or somewhere in there. The food was so-o-o good. Does anyone remember going to the drive in on US 25 North where there was Canyon Park Drive In and a small zoo. Our class used to take trips to the zoo. The Canyon Park Drive in had very good food, too. Time passes so quickly. It's nice to have these memories. Other memories I have is coming to London to clothes shop at a store called Woody's, Belks (by Bob's) I think. It may have had two levels. I also bought my prom dress at a store called Robinson's Dress Shop. My mother bought our clothes at her favorite store. It was called Hackney's. I seem to remember going up a big stairway in that store. I also remember going to some type of drugstore and buying a fountain coke. It had a dr./dmd office in the back of it. It is hard not to let your mind ramble when you think of long ago days. By the way, I'm getting a few years on me--61 yrs. I have such happy memories of my family, childhood, especially time spent with my sisters and brothers. We weren't rich but Daddy had a good job and my Mom was always there for us. Very seldom do I remember not having a pot of soup w/cheese/crackers when I got home from school. I hopw my children will have a lot of good memories when they are older. I truly wish ALL kids were loved and protected the way I was. Yes, I got my behind spanked when I needed it but it helped make me who I am. Thanks for listening.
Old Timer

London, KY

#13 Oct 19, 2013
Woodys was destroyed by the gas leak explosion and never built back.
Robinson dress shop's building is still there but now it houses a beauty shop.
Belks is now a yuppy mall/office complex.
Jerry's was more past the other side of the Shell station. It use to be a gas station-next was the old Long John Silvers and then the Jerry's.
I remember Scotty's for the small hambugers.
Course I remember when main street only had 3 red lights too.

The place with the fountain drinks/dr offices was where the fountain is at Cumberland Valley National bank. I think it was Dyche Drug store.

Anyone remember the old Rexall store where Scoville Law offices are today? I think there was a barber shop down a few steps under the store.

Downtown is now government buildings and law offices.

Remember when you had to go to Corbin to get to a McDonalds. Or remember Burger Queen that burnt down close to the old Carnaby Square mall.

Fearless flicks and the drive in movie place where George Humfleet's trailer place is now.
good old days

United States

#14 Oct 19, 2013
yeah, i remember a lot of these good old days.
dyche jones food store where dr huffman office is across from the london school..where you could get 4 mac and cheese for a dollar and 4 chicken noodle for a dollar and other cheap bargains.
and back when weavers used to have a pool room and they had good hot dogs at that time. they used to have the best chili and weenie in town.
now its gone to the dogs. scuse the pun.

but weavers sure does have some nice pictures on the walls of the good old days. pictures of where everything used to be etc.

does anyone know if they have their pictures on a galley on topix anywhere?
i would like to see them now and then.
Why

Somerset, KY

#16 Dec 5, 2013
Speaking of Dairy Queen and Kocolene, anybody know why both of them closed?
Use to work there

Chagrin Falls, OH

#18 Dec 6, 2013
Memories wrote:
I think it was the Kocolene and was managed by Gobel Kirby, It was such a quick in and out place and was rumored to be the most profitable station in London.They had self serve and customer service.
Yes it was Kocolene..the Manager was John C...Was not that profitable or it would still be here...The good thing about it was it kept gas prices down...John use to run around town and get local prices then call head quarters and they would drop the prices lower then everyone eles.
Use to work there

Chagrin Falls, OH

#19 Dec 6, 2013
Why wrote:
Speaking of Dairy Queen and Kocolene, anybody know why both of them closed?
Dairy Queen closed because all the business was going to the south side of town to everything on 192..the only business Dairy Queen was getting was from the bread factory or Kocolene and Bank Employees and very few locals...Kocolene started going down after John C left because he was able to bring in nic nacs and cheap cigs. no one could run it the way he did after he retired.
American

Nineveh, IN

#20 Dec 6, 2013
I remember as a kid the first time we ever traveled down to Kentucky. It was 1969 and we wrecked our car just outside of town somewhere, so it had to be repaired. It was an Opel Cadet that Mom kept when she divorced my biological donor and she met my Step Dad. He was born & raised in Manchester.

Anyway, car parts had to be shipped from Germany, and that took a long time, so we used a tent they borrowed from the body shop owner, and we camped at Levi Jackson State Park for 40 days until the car was finished. There were three of us kids and Mom & Dad (yep, my Step Dad is the only REAL Dad I ever had and he’s awesome to this day).

I remember swimming in the pool at the park, and watching movies at the open air theater that the park people would host. We cooked hot dogs and marshmallows (sometimes) over a camp fire near the tent, and the bullfrogs near the mill pond were HUGE !!!

Sometimes Mom or Dad would give us kids some change and we’d buy a can or pop over near the hot shower building. I played on the firewood pile and caught lots of lizards and whatever else couldn’t escape.

There was a one armed black taxi driver named Buster who would run us around town. He lost his arm in a mining accident. He was so nice to all of us kids.

Camping at the park to an 8 yr old kid was like a huge adventure for us. We’d get around and visit relatives nearly every day too. What a blast. That was the most fun I’d ever had. I wish we could have taken pictures of that adventure <sigh>

Memories.
Remembering

London, KY

#21 Dec 6, 2013
American wrote:
I remember as a kid the first time we ever traveled down to Kentucky. It was 1969 and we wrecked our car just outside of town somewhere, so it had to be repaired. It was an Opel Cadet that Mom kept when she divorced my biological donor and she met my Step Dad. He was born & raised in Manchester.
Anyway, car parts had to be shipped from Germany, and that took a long time, so we used a tent they borrowed from the body shop owner, and we camped at Levi Jackson State Park for 40 days until the car was finished. There were three of us kids and Mom & Dad (yep, my Step Dad is the only REAL Dad I ever had and he’s awesome to this day).
I remember swimming in the pool at the park, and watching movies at the open air theater that the park people would host. We cooked hot dogs and marshmallows (sometimes) over a camp fire near the tent, and the bullfrogs near the mill pond were HUGE !!!
Sometimes Mom or Dad would give us kids some change and we’d buy a can or pop over near the hot shower building. I played on the firewood pile and caught lots of lizards and whatever else couldn’t escape.
There was a one armed black taxi driver named Buster who would run us around town. He lost his arm in a mining accident. He was so nice to all of us kids.
Camping at the park to an 8 yr old kid was like a huge adventure for us. We’d get around and visit relatives nearly every day too. What a blast. That was the most fun I’d ever had. I wish we could have taken pictures of that adventure <sigh>
Memories.
So nice to read this and other posts talking about wonderful memories. I, too, have many sweet memories of growing up on a small farm, getting by on what we had, not longing for things we couldn't afford and wouldn't have taken a "handout" if it had been offered. Can't help wondering what kind of memories today's children will have.
Memories

Northfield, OH

#22 Dec 9, 2013
The place I first saw a movie was at the Drive-In. I can't remember the name of it but I think it was located where George Humfleet's Mobile Home Park is located. The movie was a James Bond movie - Gold Finger. They had the best popcorn and it was so much fun to go there. Yes, i went with my boyfriend/now husband of 40 years. We even watched the movie!!Later, I remember going to the movie to see Love Story. I am really old. London was a small town but I do have some fond memories.
Memories2

Northfield, OH

#23 Dec 9, 2013
Does anyone remember eating at Finley's and Dairy Dart. We used to cruise by both places. The Finley burger was great and the hot dogs and chuckwagon sandwiches were outstanding at Dairy Dart. I sure wish my grandchildren could live in a time so simple--but fun. Sometimes we had to pool our money and divide the food. We didn't care, we just enjoyed driving around and going to the park was fun, too. This has been such a good post.

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