Former gas station now a thrift shop

I guess I’m on a roll with former gas station buildings the last few weeks, so I’ll continue this week. Shown is a former Sinclair gas station in Syracuse on Huntington Street, also State Road 13, in Syracuse, Kosciusko County. According to county property records, the building was built in 1937. A man named E.A. Gast purchased the property at about that time and had the Sinclair station built. There were multiple owners of the station through the years including Theldon “Bud” Kline. It may have been known as Lyle’s Service Station at one time. Bud Kline owned it from 1948 to 1955 and then entered the excavating business. Although he probably had some help at times, he was essentially a one-man show when he owned the station. He pumped gas, washed windshields, checked fluids and tire pressure, checked belts and hoses and did oil changes and other mechanical work. In 1968, a thrift shop opened for business the building and it is still a thrift shop today. Obviously this building hasn’t changed a whole lot since it served as a gas station.

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Former Sinclair gas station in Syracuse.

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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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