I can't pass one of these without stopping. Once the rule among groceries, they are now rare. Most that survive sit empty or have been converted to tourist stops. This was neither, but a working country store.
The gas pumps are old, but not nearly so old as the store itself. They are functional and offer regular unleaded (87 octane) and premium (93 octane) grades.
One of the rusted signs advertises Royal Crown Cola, which has long since been modernized to RC. The brick-look asphalt siding was popular before World War II and is still fairly common on old barns and sheds, usually more broken and torn than it is here. It remains on many old houses, too, hidden beneath more modern low-maintenance sidings.
The faded Coca Cola sign is vintage.
The kerosene tank and air compressor don't appear to get much use. The kerosene tank was largely put out of business when Rural Electrification made its way through Casey County, which was probably in the early 1950s. Perhaps that's when the air compressor was installed.
The double doors on the ell suggest the store keeper once lived in the same building. Neither looks like it's had much use of late.
The Davenport Grocery serves the South Fork community of Casey County, Kentucky. Casey County was formed in 1806 and named for Col. William Casey, a great-grandfather of Samuel L. Clements, a.k.a. Mark Twain, adding another regional tie.