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  The Stories -- Along the Road
  -Fuel City
  "If Hugh Hefner owned a gas station it might look a little like this." - Robin W. Penn  
       
 
"28 cars and trucks can fuel up at one time. Truckers come by 24-7 and eat, park their truch and stay for the night."
 
 
"Thought it neat to show what Dallas looked like 100 years ago. We've got 10 acres, with biggest longhorns in the world, an oil well, a swimming pool, waterfalls shooting up, girls sitting out by the pools - pool models" - John Benda, owner
 
 
 
     
  THE BIRTH OF THE FRITO    
 

Charles Elmer Doolin, inventor of the Frito,began the manufacturing in their kitchen at home, baggin them and selling them at gas stations. "His life was one big kitchen" - Kaleta Doolin

Doolin family (photo courtesy of Kaleta Doolin)

 
     
 
 
  THE BIRTH OF THE SLURPEE    
   
  THE BIRTH OF THE MARGARITA    
 

Mariano Martinez, fourth generation family restaurant business, developed the first frozen margarita machine based on the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine using a soft serve ice cream maker "suped up like a car."
 
  The Ice Houses of Texas    
 

San Antonio's Contreras Ice House, on the west side
of town along the Alazan Creek, was closed up tight
when we passed by, but the signature tuxedo-clad penguin remains.

Ronnie G, a tile setter at The Texan interviewed by a Kitchen Sister
 
  more coming soon....
   
 
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