NASH, TX (KSLA) - There was more traffic than usual for a small East Texas city Friday morning as hundreds of motorist lined the streets to visit the Nash Texas Travel Center and take advantage of low gasoline prices.
For the small East Texas city, the new center means 250 news jobs and the opening of four new restaurants.
And for a very limited time, motorists were able to fuel up their vehicles at prices not seen at the pump since the late 1970s.
Nash may be a small city in a state that defines the word "big."
But it now has the largest travel center of its kind in Texas.
To celebrate, the 76 travel center sold gasoline for 76 cents a gallon from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.
Nash Police Chief Kelly Dial and his officers were out in full force Friday morning working the major traffic jam in the small Bowie County City.
"We did anticipate a little bit of this I don't think we quite expected it to be of this magnitude," said Chief Dial.
Drivers began lining up as early as 8 a.m.
"I'm beginning to think I lost my mind sitting out here, but I guess it is all worth it," said Sandra McClean.
Jacquelin Benson of Texarkana said she came to the center to get donuts but ended up being first in line for the 76 cents gasoline.
"You know they did this back in the old days," said Benson. "But you know it's a blessing to see how it feels to have 76 cents of gas."
Extra fuel trucks were brought into handled the long line of cars.
"I hope we pump it all, we sell it all but we are looking at a big number, too big to grasp," said Nash Travel Center Owner Tambi Indris.
Police and Travel Center officials said although things were hectic, the 76 cents gasoline giveaway went smoothly.
The mid-morning gas price was back to $2.39 a gallon.