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Talk of record-expensive Missouri gas? Pump the brakes, experts say

Sean Clark waits for the gasoline pump to fill up his car

Sean Clark waits for the gasoline pump to fill up his car Tuesday at Phillips 66 on 1300 Fellows Place in Columbia. He fills up his car everyday in order to drive back and forth between Columbia and Osage Beach. “It’s gonna go up for the rest of the summer,” Clark said. “Hope it will get back down again.”

Sam East fills up his gas on Tuesday

Sam East fills up his gas on Tuesday at Phillips 66 on 1300 Fellows Pl in Columbia. East says the higher prices persuade him to walk and skateboard more often. 

Missourians are feeling the burn of record-high gas prices with Memorial Day travel ramping up.

While expensive, average Missouri fuel costs still have some ground to cover before setting an inflation-adjusted record.

Cars line up outside a gas station

In this Missourian file photo, motorists line up outside the Workingman's Friend gas station at 1416 Rangeline on Thursday, Feb. 21, 1974. The price of gas had dropped to 40 cents per gallon earlier that day, causing a rush of customers.

A gasoline pump shows the last customer

A gasoline pump shows the last customer spent $105 for about 25 gallons gas on Tuesday at Phillips 66 on 1300 Fellows Pl in Columbia. Currently, this Phillips 66 station’s price per gallon costs $4.29.

  • K-12 and Youth reporter, Fall 2022. Studying environmental and investigative journalism. Reach me at aagrqp@umsystem.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

  • Fred Anklam manages city and county government reporters. He can be reached at anklamf@missouri.edu or in the newsroom at 573-882-5720.

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