Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171

Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171
Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171
Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171
Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171
Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171
Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171
Grand Cane Station and Restaurant Popular Stop Along Highway 171

Rising at 3:00 a.m. Shah Mir arrives at Grand Cane Station by 4:00 a.m. to greet his first customers. As the only gas station between Mansfield and Kickapoo along heavily traveled 171, commuters stop for a fill up and a beverage or hot breakfast. Each customer is greeted with a smile and by name or a descriptive nickname that Shah has given to his regulars.

The distance in miles between Shah’s hometown of Karachi on the Indian Ocean in the south of Pakistan and Grand Cane would seem to be great. Desiring to live in a more moderate climate, Shah’s parents had moved from the Himalayas of northern India to Karachi where he and his 8 brothers and sisters grew up.

As a young man of 17 Shah explains that he was well aware of the freedom and opportunities available in the United States. It was then that he and a friend traveled to New York where he resided for several months in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens. Known as Little India, this is a neighborhood of Indian Restaurants that serve traditional curries while Bollywood music shops offer up a slice of the subcontinent. Shah held several odd jobs while residing in New York.

 

 

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