Friday, May 25, 2012

Indiana - Part III

This marker is in Goshen, Indiana, in Elkhart County.

The Goshen Police Booth was built in the late 1930's to protect the city's two banks, which were located diagonally opposite of one another. At that time city officials had good reason to fear that auto bandits traveling the Lincoln Highway might strike Goshen. In 1933 members of the John Dillinger gang had raided police facilities in Auburn, Indiana, and Peru, Indiana, stealing several machine guns and other weapons, ammunition, and bulletproof vests.

The gang later robbed a police station in nearby Warsaw, Indiana, of guns and bulletproof vests. In 1934 Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd robbed a bank in South Bend, Indiana, killing a law enforcement officer in the process. With Auburn located to the east of Goshen, Peru to the west, Warsaw to the south and South Bend to the north, it seemed likely that the Dillinger gang, and other gangsters of the day, were passing through Goshen while en route to commit their crimes. Source: Goshen's Lincoln Highway

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23 comments:

  1. Robbed a police station... that's gutsy!

    So, you've been to the land of Goshen! hahaha!

    Happy Friday honey! big hugs.

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  2. Our Western naighbors. I hope they are not crossing borders any time soon ;)
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend, Sandee!

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  3. Willy is thinking about going this direction next vacation. Thanks for the posts.

    10-4 Willy

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  4. wow, that's interesting! and where were bonnie and clyde i wonder! ha.

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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  5. I live in Peru, IN! We have bullet holes in our courthouse from Dillinger's visit.

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  6. Exciting and interesting Indiana Goshen police adventures!
    Have a great day!

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  7. Maybe they saw that bunker and changed their minds about stopping in Goshen.

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  8. That is a really interesting story. Glad that gang didn't come to Ohio but maybe they did. I should have paid more attention to history. This has been great fun hearing about your trip. Take care. Have a super week end. Hugs to Little Bit

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  9. Love this old police booth. I can just see the cops taking shifts, probably with orders to 'shoot to kill' any robbers that got near either of their banks.
    ..

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  10. What a great police booth it looks kind of comical :-)

    Have a brilliant weekend ;-)

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  11. That is interesting. But today's standards who make such a structure politically incorrect.

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  12. The best part of a trip is finding places like that, little tid-bits of history that colors the quilt of American life. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I laughed when I read the word "gangsters" on the plaque, but then I read the story and it all makes sense. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I laughed when I read the word "gangsters" on the plaque, but then I read the story and it all makes sense. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. whoa, robbed a police station. bet that was a little embarrassing for the police

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  16. A smart robber, before robbing the bank, they rob the police station first.

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  17. Happy weekend!

    Big hugs!
    Lydia

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  18. What a unique structure and history behind it - of course you know I love it!

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  19. You were near my aunt! Kind of missing vacations out there now.

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  20. That's a bit of history I never heard before.

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  21. What a fabulous history lesson!

    We are parked on the bay in AK watching boats and seagulls. Life is good! Big hugs, honey...

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  22. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing Sandee.

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  23. My daughter is in Goshen and I live 35 minutes from there in South Bend :) I wish we could have meant, that would have been so wonderful!

    ((HUGS))

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