Filed Under Saco

H. Earl Clack Service Station

The service station industry was still in its infancy when businessman H. Earl Clack began building a network of retail gasoline and bulk oil outlets across the northern plains into the Pacific Northwest. His company headquarters were in Havre, and the orange and green Hi-Power logo could be found during the 1930s in virtually every community along the Montana Hi-Line. Prior to World War II, Clack outlets in Montana comprised the most extensive network of retail stations marketing regionally produced petroleum products. Clack was an early proponent of functional gas station design and one of the first retailers to adopt the modern flat-roof that came into vogue in the early 1930s. A rounded canopy over the pump island and three sets of raised chevrons incorporated into the design are distinctive stylistic additions that established Clack’s corporate identity. This vintage example, first operated by Walter “Timber” Woods in the early 1930s, is one of few remaining in the state. Husky Oil Company acquired Clack assets in 1955, and the station was vacant for several years after 1957. In the early 1960s, the Town of Saco leased the property. The community added a picnic shelter east of the office and repaired the inside facilities so that the former station could be used as a rest stop for weary US 2 travelers.

Images

H. Earl Clack Service Station
H. Earl Clack Service Station H. Earl Clack Service Station. Front view of the building, facing southwest on Taylor Street/Highway 2 in Saco, Montana. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Joseph M. Ashley Date: July 1993
H. Earl Clack Service Station, Saco, MT
H. Earl Clack Service Station, Saco, MT View of facade and side elevation with welcome sign Source: Wikimedia Commons, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Earl_Clack_Service_Station#/media/File:H._Earl_Clack_Service_Station_(2013)_-_Phillips_County,_Montana.png Creator: Rob Stutz, photographer Date: Sept 2013

Location

113 Taylor Street, Highway 2 (Southside), Saco, Montana | Private/Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “H. Earl Clack Service Station,” Historic Montana, accessed May 30, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1704.