Old Union 76 in Goodman/Pickens, Mississippi

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  1. bthomann

    bthomann Light Load Member

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    I've mentioned this before, but not many responded, so I'm trying again. Does anyone know anything about the old 76 in at the Goodman/Pickens exit in Mississippi off I-55? It was on the east side of the interstate. There was also J's Texaco next door on the same side, which burned back in 2012 or so. I was never there when it was in business, but it's one of the few Union 76 locations no one seems to mention, so I'm curious. It's also possible that it may have been only a 76 fuel vendor, not a corporate location. Thanks everyone, as always!
     
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  3. hotrod1653

    hotrod1653 Road Train Member

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    I’ll ask my uncle about it. He drove for 45yrs and it wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t stop there a time or three.
     
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    Thanks so much, Hotrod1653! It's so weird. No one seems to know about it and yet all the other old Union 76 locations are frequently mentioned in forums about old truck stops.
     
  5. TheLoadOut

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    While they are slightly before my time I do miss the ole Union 76 Truck Stops. Always made my father stop on our family vacations.
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  6. bthomann

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    Right? Even though they were a forerunner of today's Pilot and Love's mega-chains, each location
    still had its own charm and individual personality. And every restaurant had its own local specialities,
    such as bison or buffalo in Montana and Idaho, seafood in Florida, and California produce on the West
    coast. Now, T/A and Petro have the same boring menu in every location. Don't get me wrong, I
    totally understand that Country Pride and Iron Skillet are about the only sit-down restaurant choices
    we have left, but still, you would think they could afford to mix it up a bit and offer some ethnic or
    local dishes?
     
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  8. bthomann

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    Val_Caldera, the current Union 76 company owned by Phillips 66 is in no way related to the previous company that owned all the truck stops. Thanks for the effort, though! And I've tried looking on eBay for things related to the one in Mississippi. No luck.
     
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  9. hotrod1653

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    My uncle said he’d seen an old truck stop in that area around ‘83 or ‘84. He doesn’t remember the name of it though.
     
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    I dug out my old 76 directory, dated 1988, and dusted it off, no listing for that one. Apparently it was gone by then. The closest was station #720, located 28 miles south of Jackson on U.S. 49 in D'Lo, that ones gone too..
     
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  11. bthomann

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    Thanks! There were actually two off that exit on the east ide around that time: the one
    I mentioned, which was closer to the interstate, and the J's Texaco, which was farther to
    the east.
     
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