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Bulger's Beat: Filling station collection heads down Memory Lane

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A trip to the gas station these days is hardly a memorable moment. The days of a full-service attendant, along with colorful signs and slogans are over, but in his own way, one Murfreesboro man is hanging on to those memories.

Jeff Musgrove grew up at a time when cars were king, and what you drove defined who you were.

His first job was filling folks up with regular, or even ethyl, as a full-service attendant at a Phillips 66 gas station. Forty years later, he still can't get that lifestyle out of his system.

The walkway in front of Musgrove's home is filled with filling stations from the times you'd get a full tank and never get out of the car.

"Makes me feel like I'm 10 again," he said. "It's a lot of nostalgia stuff and history."

Gas really did once cost 36 cents a gallon, and Musgrove has all the old pumps to prove it.

You might call his collection "retro petro" - the result of a 34-state scavenger hunt with his dad and never being too proud to dumpster dive.

"There's ways of doing things. You don't have to have lots of money. You just need to be creative along the way," Musgrove said. "It's like a big Christmas present. You start looking through it. It's just great. It's a hobby that's got out of hand - the wife says that."

Always hoping while hunting for a "Eureka moment," one of his most prized finds is an original 1919 Texaco station sign.

Musgrove's collection affords a trip down Memory Lane he can take without ever needing to fill up the car.

"It feels magical," he said.

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