Skelly Service Station and Lodge In the 1930's era, road side service stations dotted the rural highways and backroads of the American Midwest. Some gas and service station owners with an entrepreneurial spirit opened up cottages for people to stay overnight. One well preserved example can be seen outside of Hannibal, Missouri, on what is now old US 61. Skelly's Service Station and Lodge offered gas and car service, along with several cabins located behind the service station. This location gives us a real sense of what travel was like in the 1930's and a unique glimpse into the past.