Wednesday, August 6, 2014

If you ever drive up to...

...Cloquet, Minnesota, on what is known as the Iron Range in the northern part of the state, you may find yourself stopping at the only gas station ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. (And there's no doubt about it; the first time I ever saw it I immediately said, "Hey, that must have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!")

I thought of this when my son sent me the following, about Iron Range native Bronko Nagurski:

A visitor to the Canadian border town asked whether or not Nagurski was a successful gas station owner. "Once someone gets gas from Bronko, they never go anyplace else," a local told him. "Is the service good?" asked the visitor. "No, not really," said the local. "Does he have the best price?" "Actually he is about three cents more expensive than everybody else in town." "Then the gas must be better." "No, it's just the regular gas from Standard Oil." "Then why does everyone keep coming back to Bronko?" "Because when Bronko Nagurski puts your gas cap on, no one but Bronko Nagurski can get it back off."

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