Thursday, December 11, 2008

Texaco Museum and Class of 1957

Well, the main reason that we took a little "detour" through Knightstown, Indiana on our way home from the 6th annual Blanket Run was to find a little Texaco museum my father had told me about a few years back. Apparently, a guy bought an old gas station and filled it with his Texaco collection. The station was complete with antique pumps, stacked oil cans, etc.

Well, unfortunately, when we found the place, it was no longer there. We learned later that the guy sold off everything and even sold the building. I wish I had snapped a picture of the site. Through the windows you can see a couple of old gas pumps and stacks of old magazines and boxed junk. An old 1957 Ford wagon that has seen much better days sits outside the place as a testament to what was once there.

Well, it didn't take long for our disappointment to turn to excitement at another "Suede and Chrome" worthy find at the edge of downtown Knightstown, Indiana. Class of 1957 is a privately owned building that a local man has turned into a display for his collection of "everything" 57. It would be my guess that this man probably graduated from HS in that year, as a class of 57 class jacket was draped across the front seat of the red 1957 Chevrolet in the front window.

Besides the red hardtop, a 1957 Chevrolet convertible, a 1957 Nash Metropolitan, a 1957 Pontiac 4-door sedan, and a 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible complete the store front display.

We learned later during our stop at a local used car dealer, (see his stuff at: ) that this is a private collection and the guy never opens it up to the public. Nevertheless, if you are every near Knightstown, IN, you should check it out!

Well, that's the end of the pics from our Blanket Run plus adventure. Hopefully I'll be able to get to Daddy Katz place this weekend in Dayton, Ohio to check out his Katzmas Kruise-In.