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National Seashore Proposes to Demolish Former Indian Filling Station

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Date: March 23, 2010
Contact: Bill Burke, Park Historian, 508-255-3421

The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to demolish the abandoned former Indian Filling Station and Office in Wellfleet located on Route 6 in Wellfleet near the Truro town line.The station presents a serious health and safety hazard.  The station was closed permanently in 1971 and acquired by the NPS in 1993.  The gasoline pumps and tanks, signage and lighting no longer remain.  The demolition will take place later this year. It is anticipated that this project will not impact any significant archeological resources.  The demolition activity will be limited to the footprints of the buildings. 

In 2009, Public Archeology Lab, Inc., completed a National Register evaluation of the station and concluded that the station was ineligible for the register due to its ruinous condition and to the fact that it does not possess sufficient integrity to convey its historical associations.  In addition, the evaluation concluded that the station is not a relatively scarce surviving example of a “mom and pop” service station.

The public is invited to contact William Burke, Park historian, with any questions or comments.  He can be reached at (508) 255-3421 ext. 14, or at bill_burke@nps.gov.

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Did You Know?

Wellfleet kettle ponds

Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.