Waterville Valley’s service station, located on the access road to the ski area, is gone – destroyed in a controlled burn last week.
The Town of Waterville Valley purchased the gas station a number of years ago and operated a self-service operation for a while. They soon discovered that it would be much too expensive to renovate and bring the building up to code. The town decided that removing the building made the most sense, but found that demolishing it was an expensive proposition, too. So, the decision was made to burn the building down, which would offer Waterville Valley’s fire department a great training opportunity. Check out the photos, below, taken during the controlled burn.
The Mobil Station was built in 1970. Back in the day, the station sold gas, serviced vehicles, and had a small convenience store that served an important function in the days prior to Jugtown and the Town Square. Kevin Morse was the Mobil Station’s first manager. He later went on to build Jugtown Country Store at the entrance to the village and subsequently moved Jugtown to the Town Square. I remember the days when Helen Ruth Belanger and her husband ran the station and installed a small, but efficient, breakfast and luncheon operation. Helen Ruth’s homemade specials harkened back to an era of comfort food: tuna noodle casserole, lasagna, chicken pot pie, soups and stews. In later years, operators found it challenging to make the gas station and convenience store profitable.
Thanks to Fire Chief Chris Hodges for sharing these photos.