The Seaba Station is located on the north side of Route 66 eight
miles west of Chandler, OK near the community of Warwick.
It is also one mile east of Highway 177. The station is
currently open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm,
and Friday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. For more
information call 405-258-9141 or visit their website.
The Seaba Station, formerly known as
Seaba’s Filling Station and Seaba Engine Rebuilding and Machine
Shop, offers travelers an example of an early rural service
station along historic Route 66. It also tells the story of
commercial adaptation along the ever-changing Mother Road. In
1921, John Seaba constructed the filling station near Warwick
along State Highway 7, which was part of the old Ozark Trails
network. This already established thoroughfare was simply
re-designated U.S. Highway 66 in 1926.
Now flanked by
later additions to the north and south, the original irregular
shaped red polychrome brick station had a five-sided open
service bay. The gas pumps, which dispensed the cheerfully
optimistic “NevrNox” brand, were located in the central bay.
Although called a filling station, its additional auto repair
function illustrates the growing trend in the 1920s toward full
service stations. Brick and metal windows filled in the open
service bays in the 1940s, but visitors today can easily see the
original brick columns that supported them. Light brick
rectangles decorate both the columns and the areas above the
bays. A crenulated parapet capped with white brick rims the flat
Directly behind the bay area is a detached red
brick workshop with a gabled roof, also constructed in 1921.
Here Mr. Seaba began to diversify. Initially he purchased and
reassembled Model T Fords. In 1934, he opened an engine repair
shop, specializing in rebuilding connecting rods. As
traffic--and breakdowns--increased along the Mother Road, the
station flourished and by the late 1930s employed about 18
people. The coming of World War II and its strict gas rationing
sealed the fate of the filling station. Boosted by government
contracts to repair the military trucks plying Route 66, Seaba
filled in the bay areas and converted to full-time engine
The building served this purpose until 1994.
In the early 1990s, new owners reopened the station as an
antique, gift, and tourist stop along historic Route 66. The
owners received a NPS Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
Cost-Share Grant in 2005. In 2008, three of the original five
bays were re-opened to evoke the station’s 1921 appearance. Sold
in 2007, the building continued to be remodeled for yet another
purpose. Reopened in the summer of 2010, the Seaba Station is
now home to a motorcycle museum.
The Seaba Station is
especially noteworthy for the restored, original rock outhouse
building, which is a state-of-the-art roadside restroom from the
1920s. Amenities included his and hers cast iron toilets, which
conveniently flushed the entire time individuals sat on the rims
of the toilets