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Auburn in DeKalb County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Roadside America

 
 
Roadside America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
1. Roadside America Marker
Inscription.  
Before the advent of the interstate highway system and modern hotel chains, travelers often had to sleep along the side of the road in their cars. Beginning just prior to 1920, travel courts and tourist camps began to appear and offered a warm, dry place to sleep for a dollar or two a night. Clusters of cabins like these grew in popularity until modern motel chains began appearing in the early 1950's. These cabins, part of a group of six, were located near here on US Highway 6 in Butler, Indiana.

In the early days of motoring, gasoline was only available at pharmacies, blacksmith shops, and general stores. As automobiles became more common, small, purpose built service stations, such as this Gulf Station, began to appear to accommodate traveler's needs for gasoline, oil, tires, and repairs. These simple one room structures became quite common by the 1930's, and remained in service well into the 1950's, when they were replaced by larger, more modern filling stations. This filling station appears as it Would have in the mid 1930's. The interior was restored by volunteer, Scott Armstrong.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 41° 21.36′ N, 85° 3.38′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Gordon M Buehrig Place just east of Wayne Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Gordon M Buehrig Pl, 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. "It All Started Here" (within shouting distance of this marker); Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Facility (within shouting distance of this marker); Errett Lobban (E.L.) Cord (within shouting distance of this marker); Alan Leamy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auburn Automobile Company (about 300 feet away); Fred Duesenberg (about 400 feet away); Augie Duesenberg (about 400 feet away); Women Employees (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Roadside America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
2. Roadside America Marker
Roadside America Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
3. Roadside America Marker
 
 
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 94 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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