Used car lot once served as gas station

Sometimes it is fairly easy to tell if an existing building was once a gas station. Other times, you have to look closer to really catch it. I would say this building is fairly easy to come to the conclusion it was a gas station at one time. It is located on U.S. 33, also known as Pike Street, in Goshen across from Pletcher Auto Sales. I’m not for sure as to the exact year it was originally a gas station, but 1957 is the first year I saw it listed in a Goshen city directory. It could be found in directories up through the year 1971 when it was known as Ted’s Westside Gulf. At that time, there was also an East Side Gulf Service station. In 1957, I should say, it was known as Miller’s Gulf Service. By 1960 it had become Westside Gulf Service. It is believed Pep Auto Sales moved into the building in about 1972 and it remains Pep Auto Sales. If you drive around Goshen you will notice quite a few buildings which once were gas stations. Prior to the embargo in the 1970s, there were many more gas stations. In fact, it was not an exaggeration to say there was one on every corner in some towns. Of course that was a different time and not so convenience oriented as we see today.


Former Gulf station in Goshen.


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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