A June start date is being anticipated on a restoration project for a gas station in the village of Julian.
During the month of March, the Julian Preservation Fund Committee announced that an effort was being organized to raise funds to preserve the 1928 gas station and garage in Julian.  
According to committee members Kevin Boos and Ken Burgert, the filling station was built and started serving local Julian residents in 1928 and operated until the late 1960s.  
The Village of Julian has owned the gas station and garage since 1987 when it was purchased from the Farmers Co-op of Nebraska City.
The station is iconic to late 1920s and 1930s and is listed by the Nebraska Historical Society as a potential building to be on the National Register of Historic places.  
A picture acquired from the Nemaha County Museum shows the station with two hand-pumped, glass bowl type gas pumps, with customers, a Model “A” Ford, and the repair garage in the background.
Now, a group of Julian area residents have come together to develop plans to preserve the old gas station and service garage.  Everyone seems to have a memory of the gas station and garage.  As you listen to people reminisce, it was a place where the “old men” gathered to visit, others pumped gas and helped fix tires, and people generally caught up on Julian news.
The committee feels that if action to preserve these buildings is not taken soon, it may be too late to save them.  Being a small village, available tax funds are utilized to maintain essential services for the residents and are not plentiful enough for preservation projects like this one.  That is why the decision was made to reach out to residents of Nemaha and Otoe counties to help preserve these two iconic structures.
Restoration plans include shingling the roof of the gas station structure, painting, both inside and outside, purchasing and installing two refurbished gas punts and re-working the concrete at the site. The project also includes restoring the garage associated with the gas station.
Janis Grimes of Julian said she feels the gas station is a point of pride for the residents of the community and evidence that it was once a thriving town with multiple businesses on Main Street. Today, save for general store that has transitioned into a private residence, the gas station is the last landmark that represents the town’s former prosperity.
Once restored, the site will be a sight-seeing attraction for Julian which will open to the public on certain holidays and also by appointment.
For more information, or for an informational brochure, contact committee members: Ken Burgert at 402-242-2461 or Kevin Boos at 402-242-2012.
Donations may be sent to Joe Epler, 63658 737 Rd, Brock, NE  68320.