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Gasoline tax rate climbs to seven cents in 1959

by Wilbur Bush

In 1925, Missouri’s first gasoline tax was two cents a gallon. The following year it increased to three cents a gallon. By 1959, the tax rate was seven cents; on a 10 gallon fill, the tax would be 70 cents or equivalent to a 30% sales tax on gasoline.

The average gasoline tax in Missouri was $56 a year for each vehicle. In addition, some of the

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