Franklin County Garage Museum.

Franklin County Garage Museum

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Benton, Illinois

Built in 1910, the first Ford dealership in Franklin County was 90 years old when it was restored and turned into a museum. The building still has its original belt drive machinery, and displays several restored vintage cars, including one of the first Model Ts in a color other than black. Another highlight of the collection is the 1912 Ford owned by notorious local gangster Charlie Birger.

Franklin County Garage Museum

Address:
211 N. Main St., Benton, IL
Directions:
I-57 exit 71. Drive east into town. At courthouse square turn north onto Hwy 37/Main St. Drive north one block; you'll see the museum on the left, the building with the barrel-shape roof.
Hours:
M-F 8-4; Sa 11-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
618-435-5777
Admission:
Adults $4.
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