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History of The Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2012
1. History of The Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home Marker
Inscription.

The Walter P. Chrysler Home was built in 1889 by Walter's father Henry, his brother Ed, and Walter himself. Walter lived in the home from 1889 to 1897. During this period, the Kansas Pacific Railway employed Walter as an engine wiper and later as a mechanic. His parents remained in this home until 1913. After decades of neglect, the house fell into disrepair until the early 1950s when the owner of the local Dodge Plymouth dealership rescued it from its state of decay. The Chrysler Corporation later purchased the home and on 27 August 1955, Walter's son Jack presented the deed to the city of Ellis, thus establishing it as a museum and opening the home to public tours. In 1957 the Chrysler Home sustained damage when a devestating flood struck the downtown area of Ellis, depositing several feet of silt and debris. Through the dedication and efforts of many Ellis residents in cleaning and repairing the damage, the home was again opened to the public, keeping Chrysler's memory alive.

On 23 February 1972, the Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1994 the museum witnessed an expansion with the addition of an exhibit building located behind the house. This annex houses objects from Chrysler Historical Collection which presents a chronology of Walter's life and his rise
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2012
2. History of The Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home
to fame as the founder of The Chrysler Corporation.
 
Location. 38° 56.194′ N, 99° 33.657′ W. Marker is in Ellis, Kansas, in Ellis County. Marker is on 10th Street (Old U.S. 40) near Washington Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 West 10th Street, Ellis KS 67637, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Praying John Horrigan (about 600 feet away); The Ellis House (about 600 feet away); Ellis' Original Main Street (about 600 feet away); Settlers from Bukovina, Austria (about 600 feet away); The Hickey Building (about 700 feet away); The Grand Army Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home & Museum. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Walter P. Chrysler Info at The WPC Club, Inc. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Chrysler History Timeline. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Chrysler: A Short History Article in NY Times (2009). (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Chrysler Home National Register Nomination. (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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