Auburn in DeKalb County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Secretary and Treasurer - Auburn Automobile Company
Frank Eckhart was the oldest son of Charles Eckhart, founder of the Eckhart Carriage Company. In 1902, Frank was inspired to build a horseless carriage after being frustrated in his attempt to purchase one. The result was the first Auburn automobile. The Eckharts decided to explore the commercial possibilities of their creation and offered vehicles to the public in 1903. About 50 were sold the first year. That amount was enough to encourage them to incorporate the Auburn Automobile Company and go into production. Frank, working with his brother Morris, established Auburn as a reputable automobile manufacturer.
As Auburn sales grew. Frank and Morris became more involved in the automobile company, with Frank named as secretary and treasurer and their father as president. The business grew into one of Auburn's most successful enterprises. When Charles died in 1915, the company was put up for sale and was eventually purchased in 1919 by a group of investors from Chicago. By this time, Frank had retired and moved to Los Angeles and Morris assumed the management of the company. The Eckhart family provided the citizens
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
Location. 41° 21.377′ N, 85° 3.477′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Wayne Street and Gordon M Buehring Place, on the left when traveling north on Wayne Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1503 Wayne St, Auburn IN 46706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Men Employees (here, next to this marker); Women Employees (here, next to this marker); Augie Duesenberg (a few steps from this marker); Auburn / Cord (a few steps from this marker); Duesenberg (a few steps from this marker); Fred Duesenberg (a few steps from this marker); Robert Wiley (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon Buehrig (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.