Exploring Dunkle’s Gulf Station along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford

Dunkle's Gulf Station in Bedford Pennsylvania

Dunkle’s Gulf Station along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford County is a throwback to the early days of American automobile transportation.

Designed to be Gulf’s showpiece service station between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the art deco styling of the building has been attracting motorists since it first opened in 1933.

Dunkle's Gulf Station in Bedford featured on a postcard from the heyday of the Lincoln Highway.
Dunkle’s Gulf Station in Bedford featured on a postcard from the heyday of the Lincoln Highway.

Opened by Dick Dunkle, the Gulf station offered (and still offers) fuel and repairs along America’s first coast-to-coast highway.

The famous Dunkle's Garage along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford Pennsylvania.
The famous Dunkle’s Garage along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Now a popular stop along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, Dunkle’s Gulf Station is remarkably similar in appearance to the day it opened nearly 90 years ago.

History of Dunkle's Gulf Station along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford Pennsylvania.
History of Dunkle’s Gulf Station along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford Pennsylvania.

Dunkle’s Gulf Station and Art Deco Architecture

The art deco movement got its start in France in the 1920s, and made its way to the United States in the 1930s.

Side view of Dunkle's Gulf Station in Bedford, PA

Art deco architecture was meant to reflect a sleek, modern style that symbolized wealth and sophistication.

Dunkle's Gulf Station along the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania.
Dunkle’s Gulf Station along the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania.

The shiny polychrome tile that adorns Dunkle’s Gulf Station is a common feature in art deco-styled buildings from the 1930s.

The art deco facade of Dunkle's Gulf Station in Bedford, PA
The art deco facade of Dunkle’s Gulf Station in Bedford, PA

Even the little details like the owner’s name emblazoned aboove the front door were done artfully.

Front door of Dunkle's Gulf Station in Bedford, Pennsylvania.
Front door of Dunkle’s Gulf Station in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Dunkle’s Gulf Station Today

A trip to Dunkle’s Gulf Station in Bedford is like a trip back in time.

Clock at Dunkle's Gulf in Bedford.
Clock at Dunkle’s Gulf in Bedford.

And if you want to get a taste of what the early days of road tripping across America were like, then be sure to make a pit stop at Dunkle’s Gulf Station when passing through the Bedford area.

The art deco-styled Dunkles Gulf Station in Bedford PA
The art deco-styled Dunkles Gulf Station in Bedford, PA.

How to Find Dunkle’s Gulf Station

Dunkle’s Gulf Station is located along the Lincoln Highway (now known as Business Route 30 or West Pitt Street) in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Use GPS coordinates 40.01871, -78.50760 to navigate to Dunkle’s Gulf at the intersection of the Lincoln Highway and West Street.

A map to Dunkle's Gulf Station and the Bedford Coffee Pot along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford.
A map to Dunkle’s Gulf Station and the Bedford Coffee Pot along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford.

Nearby Attractions

Located just a half-mile west of Dunkle’s Gulf Station along the Lincoln Highway you’ll find the Bedford Coffee Pot, one of the few remaining “roadside giants” from the early days of automobile travel in America.

The Bedford Coffee Pot in 2020.
The Bedford Coffee Pot in 2020.

The Fort Bedford Museum explains the history of Bedford County on the site of a British fort originally built in 1758.

Fort Bedford Museum in downtown Bedford Pennsylvania.
The Fort Bedford Museum in downtown Bedford, PA.

Old Bedford Village in Bedford County is a living history museum that gives you a glimpse into what life was like in western Pennsylvania from 1700 until 1899.

Blacksmithing demonstration at Old Bedford Village.
Blacksmithing demonstration at Old Bedford Village.

Shawnee State Park in Bedford County opened to the public in 1951, and has been a magnet for tourists ever since!

1950s postcard featuring the beach at Shawnee State Park.
1950s postcard featuring the beach at Shawnee State Park.

At the heart of the park is 451-acre Shawnee Lake, used by fishermen, boaters, swimmers, and bird watchers alike.

October at Shawnee State Park.
October morning at Shawnee State Park.

The 1806 Old Log Church is the oldest standing church in Bedford County and located right along the Lincoln Highway.

Fall foliage in Bedford County at the 1806 Old Log Church.
The 1806 Old Log Church along the Lincoln Highway near Schellsburg, Pennsylvania.

The Grand View Ship Hotel in Bedford County was, in its prime, one of the most famous attractions along the Lincoln Highway.

Postcard image of the Grand View Point Ship Hotel in its prime.
Postcard image of the Grand View Point Ship Hotel in its prime.

The Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford County not only serves up delicious food and beverages in a colonial American setting, but it is rumored to be the most haunted restaurant in Pennsylvania!

The historic and supposedly haunted Jean Bonnet Tavern along the Lincoln HIghway in Bedford County, PA.
The historic and supposedly haunted Jean Bonnet Tavern along the Lincoln HIghway in Bedford County, PA.

The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike in nearby Breezewood (Bedford County) is a fascinating 13 mile-long remnant of America’s first superhighway.

The Abandoned PA Turnpike Pike 2 Bike Trail
The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike in September 2020.

If you enjoy all things Lincoln Highway, be sure to visit the Lincoln Highway Experience in Latrobe, a museum dedicated to telling the story of the first transcontinental automobile route linking the east and west coasts of the United States.

The annex and gift shop at the Lincoln Highway Experience in Latrobe PA
The annex and gift shop at the Lincoln Highway Experience in Latrobe, PA.

19 Must-See Destinations in Bedford County will show you even more great places to visit near Dunkle’s Service Station.

Colvin Covered Bridge in Bedford County, PA.
Colvin Covered Bridge in Bedford County, PA.

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