Goshen, Indiana: Bulletproof Anti-Gangster Pillbox

Armed policemen would sit in this thing. Built in 1939 to discourage gangsters from driving through town, the Goshen Police Booth is preserved by the Goshen Historical Society.
W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN
US Hwy 33/N. Main St. On the southeast corner of the Elkhart County Courthouse square, at W. Lincoln Ave. and Main St.
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Bulletproof Anti-Gangster Pillbox

The kids loved this one!

[Eliza, 08/20/2011]

Heated gun battle right under the coppers' noses... nice.

Gangster Blind

It is still there, right in the middle of downtown Goshen, on the corner of US33/SR15 (by city hall). According to the historical marker, the Indiana state police erected it to keep an eye on/discourage the gangsters of the '20s and '30s from driving through Indiana on the way to Chicago. It is octagonal with "bullet-proof" windows, but it badly needs restoration, as at least 2 windows are cracked. If you have nothing better to do and happen to be in the area, drive past it and read the marker.

[Carrie, 04/30/2004]
Gangster Blind - Bullet proof building

This is a vague recollection. My wife and I were driving in the eastern half of Indiana, on back roads and through small towns. I believe this was on a state road south of South Bend. We were on a tight schedule as we'd spent too much time exploring and I regret not spending more time at this site. It was at the intersection of the two main roads in the town, probably on a corner of the courthouse square and positioned to allow a straight shot down either road at approaching vehicles. It was a block building, probably with bulletproof glass and gun slots. It was hexagonal or octagonal as I remember and about eight feet tall and large enough for probably two to three people to stand in. It was built during the gangster era and the plaque stated that it was to be used to shoot at gangsters' cars as they passed through the town. I believe that the plaque also stated that it was never used.

[John Kraemer, 06/10/2001]

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