We stopped at the Red Horse Diner because of it is a 50s style diner, but we loved it for its food! Dear daughter and I stopped for a meal here on the way to dropping her off at college and I stopped on my way back alone. It had been a service station and maintains the original pumps, as well as a bunch of fun 50s signs and paraphernalia. The Pegasus, the red horse, has been the symbol of Mobil Oil since the 1930s. The website for the diner is here.
Pawn 4 More at 1222 South 38th Street, Tacoma, WA is an unusually shaped building that has gone through several uses. I remember it as a produce stand, Green Frog Shelters and that it use to have mastiff dogs. Until recently the extended roof line boosted that they accepted all types of collateral including boats, cars, helicopters and 747s. I liked their optimism, but when I stopped by today that offer seems to be gone. The building was originally constructed in 1926 as a gas station.
My Flickr friend has a picture with the old signage. You can see it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/justintron/5859272661/
Update: In 2/2015 the building was demolished.
With all the street improvement getting around Pacific Avenue and the Dome District is a little tricky nowadays, but early this morning I did just that. And I was rewarded by this most excellent sighting of a vacant lot on the corner of East 26th & C Street. The lot is full of gas pumps! They are mostly branded Shell and 76. The lot is well secured with a barbed wire fence.