People love Buc-ee's. I've never been, and as someone who has not filled up at the place, I tend to think it's only a gas station.

That would be inherently incorrect.


The Smokies asked the same question last year, wondering why people are so obsessed with Buc-ee's.


The way it appears to me, it's not just gas at Buc-ee's. It's the food, the snacks (Beaver Nuggets?), the merch, and then the "famous bathrooms."


Buc-ee's also serves brisket. Take that in for a second. A gas station serves brisket.

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I guess I shouldn't be so stunned. Some of the best BBQ I've ever had came from a gas station.

Rockford's finest BBQ is also made and served at a gas station, so I've changed my mind; I'm now excited.

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The only issue is that Buc-ee's has no plans to open a location in Illinois.

That doesn't mean we can't make it happen, so I asked Google Gemini for help making my gas station brisket sandwich dreams a reality.


  1. Show Local Demand - Google Gemini says Buc-ee's is "data-driven and looks for high traffic and potential customer interest."
  2. Identify Potential Locations - Where would a Buc-ee's fit in Illinois? Google Gemini says the massive gas station "builds along major highways with high visibility and ample land for their expansive stores and gas stations."
  3. Contact Buc-ee's Directly - Google Gemini says we should "reach out to them through their contact form" and tell them how much we want a location in Illinois.

While we wait to see if Buc-ee's eventually opens a spot in Illinois, look at how much gas costs the year you were born. Be prepared to be blown away.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

Gallery Credit: Sophia Crisafulli

LOOK: How Gas Prices Have Changed in Illinois in the Last Week

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