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Plaza Garage: 1939

Plaza Garage: 1939

November 1939. "Hotel and garage in Gonzales, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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There's a sign on the wall of the building to the left of the gas pump. It looks like it says "Credit Cards." Credit cards in a town the size of Gonzales, Texas ... in 1939?

[Gas station credit cards were nothing unusual in 1939. - Dave]

So what happened to the Plaza?

Aww, c'mon. What always happens to Shorpy hotels.

It burned down. In January 1966.

http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/stories/this-month-in-gonzales-county-hi...

Little Remains

The hotel is gone, though the sides are still there. The Plaza Garage survives with some remodeling.

On the plaza

Hmm, let me guess: The Plaza Garage and the Plaza Hotel face the town's plaza, right? Do I get a prize?

Somebody is going to name those cars. The one with the truck bed is awful cute! Note the three digit phone number. How many telephones in Gonzales in 1939?

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