Long time building associated with cars

Here’s a building with quite a long history in Goshen. According to the Elkhart County property records, the building located in the 100 block of West Jefferson Street, west of Main Street, was built in 1925. Originally it may have been an automobile dealer. I do know the 1941 Goshen City Directory shows Clyde C. Werner owned a Chrysler dealership at this address. By 1945, though, the city directory showed it was known as Smith Auto Works & Supply Co. A friend told me he bought auto parts there in the 1960s. It was still under the Smith name at that time. Currently it appears as though the building serves as a garage and also an auto parts dealer. It certainly has the look and feel of a much older building. I could picture an automobile dealership being located here at one time. I also know there were several more dealerships located in town than there are presently. After World War II, cars were coming off the assembly lines in huge numbers and the demand was greater. Things have obviously changed since then. Fewer people buy new cars now.

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Old automobile service building in Goshen.

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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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