‘American Pickers’: Why Mike Wolfe Believes Gas Stations Were Once a ‘Beacon of Hope’

by Jacklyn Krol

American Pickers Mike Wolfe revealed the reason why he believes that gas stations were a “beacon of hope.”

The reality star spoke with Hoss Magazine back in 2016 about how service stations were perceived back in the day. Gas stations went beyond just filling up and grabbing a snack.

“A gas station was a beacon of hope,” he said. “If you were lost, now you were found. If you had a flat tire, you were rescued.”

He added that back in the day, people would repair flat tires by themselves. Typically, service stations had patches, pumps, and equipment for you to purchase to fix the tire and get back on the road.

Futhermore, other years, the American Pickers team has done their fair share of gas station-related hauls. The team actually helped Dolly Parton with her own gas station antiques. She appears in Season 11 Episode 11 at her theme park in Dollywood.

The team was tasked to get retro fire equipment and other novelties to fill her “Crazy Charlie’s” roadside gas station. The pieces were used on her 1940s themed FireChaser Express rollercoaster. The unique attraction is a family rollercoaster with a dual launch both forward and backward.

‘American Pickers’ Controversy

Firstly, Frank Fritz was recently cut from the American Pickers series. He took a hiatus from the show during seasons 8 and 9 before the pandemic hit. During that time, he focused on his health and his Chron’s disease. During 2020, he got back surgery and became sober from alcohol.

The series announced on July 21 that Fritz would permanently leave American Pickers. Despite their longstanding feud, Mike Wolfe wished him well in an Instagram post.

Fritz told The Sun that his “statement was bulls–t” and believes that someone wrote it for him. Fritz said that the caption was incorrect, they haven’t been friends since grade school. He also added that his former co-host hasn’t said “five nice things” to him in ten years. His continues to claim that his departure wasn’t amicable, and that he was kicked off.

Fritz said that despite not talking to Wolfe in two years, he would have loved to return to the show.

“I could go either way and find a new show, have something new and have just as much fun,” he told the outlet. “That’s what it’s all about, being satisfied with yourself and having a little bit of fun.”

Wolfe and Fritz’s other co-star Danielle Colby addressed the situation via Instagram. She shared her “full support” of Wolfe while being “truly saddened” for Fritz’s exit. She explained that she only spoke out about this situation because of media and fan speculation.

“I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others,” she wrote. “Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch. I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell.”