Old Standard gas station building still stands

Sometimes if you look a little closer at a building, you realize it has the shape of something from the past. This building on the northeast corner of U.S. 6 and State Road 15 in Elkhart County still has the shape of a classic looking gas station, particularly those built in the early days of automobiles. It once served as a Standard gas station and may have been known as Lakes Trail for at least part of the time it was open. At one time there was a restaurant on the lot, too, and it was a hot spot for the younger crowd because of dancing. I don’t know for sure when the station originally opened, but an educated guess would be in the 1930s. Prior to then, State Road 15 was further to the east. But once the newer road was built, there was a gas station on every corner of its intersection with U.S. 6 for quite a few years. So I’m guessing those stations were built to take advantage of the intersection of a U.S. and state highway. It should also be noted U.S. 6 was once an even more important east-west through route before the Indiana Toll Road was built in the 1950s.

Building at 15 and 6 was once a Standard gas station.

Building at 15 and 6 was once a Standard gas station.

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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