SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - On Friday morning the Roundtop Filling Station received a $50,000 grant from Gov. Beebe to begin restoration of the historic landmark.
"I can remember dad used to come by here and get gas," Samuel Stricklin recalled.
"This is where the cash register was at. This is where he would handle all of the money. We know that he had an old coke machine in there. He sold tires," Darrell Brown said as he showed THV11 around the station.
The Roundtop Filling Station is a landmark that has been sitting in Sherwood, abandoned for decades.
"I've been wondering. I said 'Somebody is going to do something with that one of these days," added Stricklin.
In 1981, the owner of the filling station, Mr. Happy Wiliford, pumped his last tank of gas. Thirty-two years later, this historical landmark will be restored to its original glory.
"It's really the only historic site we have here in Sherwood. Other communities and cities around us have historic places, but for Sherwood, this is pretty much it, so I think it's so important to save this place," said Darrell Brown, the Sherwood City Historian. He is working with various city officials to remodel the building and convert it into a substation of the Sherwood Police Department.
"The plan is to renovate this the way that it looked originally back when it was an operating gas station," he continued. "The plan is to replicate the old gas signage. We're going to try to replicate the old pumps that were out here."
Brown also explained how the renovation team was waiting to see if a grant would be approved before starting their project. In the middle of our interview, one of his partners showed up with news he had been waiting for.
"It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been awarded a grant of $50,000 from the Arkansas historic preservation program," he read.
Now that that step has been taken care of, Brown and his team will be well on their way to recreating a historic landmark that many Arkansans cherished.