Created By: Myrtle Creek Historical Society
Henry Shirtcliff established a service garage at the corner of Main Street and First Avenue in 1921. For nearly 50 years, Myrtle Creek was an important gasoline, motel and food stop along Pacific Highway (aka Highway 99), the primary north-south route through the State until Interstate 5 was completed in 1970s, bypassing town.. Before I-5, Myrtle Creek Garage was among a dozen or so service stations along the Main St, Myrtle Creek, section of Pacific Highway.
The original wooden service station burned down and the present concrete block building was constructed in 1933. Still visible embossed on the building’s front facade is “H.M. Shirtcliff 1933”. Shirtcliff Oil Company has since relocated the service station to a new building and the current tenant of the remodeled building is the St. Vincent dePaul Society.
Photo 1. Shirtcliff building, circa 2014, tenant St Vincent dePaul
Photo 2. Shirtcliff building, Myrtle Creek Garage in building built 1933, after wood building burned.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historical Sites Downtown Myrtle Creek