Historic Texaco Gas Station in De Soto
By Jim Winnerman
When Todd Mahn bought De Soto’s historic 1930s Texaco station from the Datillo family in 2007, he planned on bulldozing the worn-down gas station to make room for a parking lot. He needed the extra parking space for the funeral home he owned, Mahn Funeral Home, across the street from the station. But Todd had a change of heart. “My son Daniel was only seven, but he asked me to keep it,” he says. “People have been stopping for thirty years to take photos,” says Tom Datillo, whose family owned the station from the 1930s until they sold it to Todd. Today, the station has been renovated to its 1930s-era appearance, while Todd still has a parking lot minus the few spaces the station occupies. “Everyone is happy,” he says. Because of funerals, Todd cannot allow groups to plan ahead to congregate at the station, but the tradition to stop for photos continues when the lot is free. “We have had every type of car club stop to take pictures,” Todd says. “It has also become a favorite backdrop for wedding photos.”
This story originally ran in the February 2013 issue of Missouri Life. For more stories like this, subscribe to Missouri Life.