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Lafayette in Tippecanoe County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Red Crown Mini-Museum

“The Crown Jewels”

 
 
The Red Crown Mini-Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, June 30, 2008
1. The Red Crown Mini-Museum Marker
Inscription.

Main marker
Collection of Donald Jay Stein
Lafayette, Indiana


Dedication marker

To the City of Layayette/West Lafayette and more specifically, to the people of "the South Side" with whom I have worked diligently over the past thirty (30) years at Crown Laundry, Schaible Service and Supply Company, Commercial Cleaning Company, Crown Distributing Company, S&C Realty Company and other business interests and who I have come to appreciate for their absolute dedication and desire to make this world better and Lafayette a better place to live. Also to my lovely wife, Lois and children: Lori, Terry, and Todd who have aptly tolerated my idiosyncrasies, helped establish the latitudes to which I function comfortably, and reacted positively within the constraints of my particular personality and ability. This is my humble way of expressing my thanks to my family, to my business associates, to past and future customers, and to the people of Tippecanoe County.

Signed: Donald Jay Stein
 
Erected 1991 by Tippecanoe County Public Library, Schnaible Serv. & Supply Co., Inc., Crown Distributing, Inc., Commercial Cleaning, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 25.029′ N, 86° 
The Red Crown Mini-Museum Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, June 30, 2008
2. The Red Crown Mini-Museum Dedication Marker
53.419′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County. Marker is at the intersection of South Sixth Street and South Street on South Sixth Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lafayette IN 47901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Forty - Niners (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Tribute to Joe Rumpza - The Vegetable King (about 600 feet away); 1825 Lafayette 1925 (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Lafayette - Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Earl & Hatcher Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); To Commemorate The Wabash and Erie Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Tippecanoe County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ellsworth Historic District (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lafayette.
 
Regarding The Red Crown Mini-Museum. This gas station was built by Standard Oil Company of Indiana in 1927-28 and had a one garage bay attached. It was built with glazed brick on all walls and red tile on the roof. In 1935-36 a second garage bay was added. It was in operation as a gas station until 1979, in 1985 the library bought the property for a future parking area. In 1991, Don Stein, a local businessman and auto collector offered to restore the gas station. It was finished later that year.

Don Stein owns the antique
Old Time Jonesy's Gas Station Items image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, June 30, 2008
3. Old Time Jonesy's Gas Station Items
Items sitting outside the station: bulk oil pump, Kiddie "Frog" Ride, and a wet bath "Coke Cooler". The "Coke" bottles stood upright in water that was kept ice cold with the refrigration unit. The cooler water was to be cleaned out weekly. It was scrubed down then filled up with fresh water befor the cold bottles were put back in it. (Some type of powder was put into the water to prevent the water from going bad.) These type of coolers were usually kept outside of the stations or stores due to the cleaning process. Each location owner had some type of lock for night security.
cars seen at the museum. He rotates them every six to eight weeks.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
 
The Red Crown Mini-Museum Markers image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, June 30, 2008
4. The Red Crown Mini-Museum Markers
Inside the station are a number of yester-year items that kept the vehicles on the road in days gone by.
Old Station Tow Truck image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, June 30, 2008
5. Old Station Tow Truck
Fuel Delivery Tanker. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, June 30, 2008
6. Fuel Delivery Tanker.
Tanker is mounted on a horse type trailer for a double teamed set of horses to pull it.
Gas Pump with Glass Glob on Top image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, June 30, 2008
7. Gas Pump with Glass Glob on Top
Gas price on pump was 23.6 cents per gallon when taken out of service. Near the top above the read out section is a round glass globe. It was for customers. There was to be gas in it and show liquid movement when pumping so the customer knew the pump was working properly and not shorting the buyer on the sale. If no gas, you told the station attendent immediately to cure the problem and not get charged.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,683 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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