Rockville’s First Gulf Gasoline Dealer

Reed Brothers Dodge operated their own full service Gulf gasoline and service station. In fact, the company was the first Gulf gas dealer in the Washington, D.C. area, selling gas at its original location in Old Rockville at the triangle at Viers Mill Road and Rockville Pike. In addition to gas, they carried a full line of Gulf lubricants, Goodyear tires, Willard batteries, complimentary road maps, free air and water, and many other well known brands of merchandise to meet their patrons needs. Reed Brothers discontinued offering this product line when they relocated to their new facility in November 1970.

1915 Rockville Garage First Gas Station – A Single Pump

Reed Brothers Dodge 1922

Note the “modern” gas pumps. The Rockville Fairgrounds are beyond the boarded fence.

“That Good Gulf Gasoline” drive-through filling station circa 1920

In front is a large sign that reads “That Good Gulf Gasoline”.  In the background is the old St Mary’s Church and Cemetery in Rockville. Gulf scored notable a “first” with the world’s first drive-in service station.

1936 After World War II with a New Front

Reed Brothers celebrated the end of World War II with another new facelift and a whole new look.

Reed Brothers Dodge mid-1960s

Due to changes in the highway, Reed Brothers began an extensive remodeling and rebuilding program. Two-thirds of the original location at the junction of then Route 240 and Viers Mill Road was razed and a modern Gulf Service Station was erected.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

2 responses to “Rockville’s First Gulf Gasoline Dealer”

  1. Madilyn says :

    What wonderful historic photos of Rockville! I’m in Rockville now and not native to MD (from NJ) but I know where these places are, I drive past these streets and St. Mary’s Cemetery all the time. Like that 1956 ad with your grandfather, Lewis Reed (my grandfather had a hat like that, too). Congrats on your business longevity! How great to see how Rockville looked years ago and to learn the history of where I’ve been living for the past few years.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Thanks so much Madilyn!! I really appreciate you stopping by our blog and for leaving such a nice comment. You put a big smile on my face.

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