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1910 Franklin County Garage & Auto Museum

211 North Main St, Benton, IL 62812

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This restored 1910 Ford garage has 2 sets of garage pulley systems used to power mechanical devices, vintage signs, a clock-face gas pump and more. The list of vintage cars includes a 1912 Huckster that belonged to gangster Charlie Birger.

The original building was constructed in 1910 as a Ford franchise and garage. It has been restored to its original condition and still has 2 sets of garage pulley systems that were used to power several mechanical devices. It has vintage signs and a clock-face gas pump The list of vintage cars includes a 1912 Model T "Huckster" that belonged to gangster, Charlie Birger, the last convicted criminal to be hanged in Illinois, a 1914 Model T Touring Vehicle, a 1916 Dort Automobile, a 1926 Model T “Doctor’s Coup” Automobile a 1928 Chevrolet Roadster, a 1931 Hupmobile, a carriage from the 1880s and more. This historic car museum is only 5 miles south of Rend Lake, just North of the Benton Square on IL State Highway 37.  Please call or check website for seasonal hours.

Admission Free / Donations Accepted

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