Benders Automotive- Manito Village Hall
Manito, IL

Brief Description:
Benders Automotive - Village Hall of Manito
In the village of Manito, Illinois
Latitude / Longitude
N 40° 25.549
W 089° 46.818
EcoCache ID:
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Submitting Group:
Midwest Cental High School - Teresa Heinhorst
Date Submitted
One of the historic sites of Manito, IL which provided gas station and automotive sales to residents of Manito.
Long Description
Benders was a service station that was home owned and operated in Manito. The station sold Ford cars and trucks. The owner was Fred Bender. Benders sold auto accessories and gas. In 1949 Bender’s started the Speedy advertising campaign. This campaign featured Big Bill Biff starting a job at Benders. Bender claimed that it insisted on having only the best mechanics in the business. The Benders eventually built a sales room for their Ford cars. Benders was eventually torn down and now in its place is the new village hall. The Village Hall is 4,000 square feet. It is located on the corner of Market and Broadway. It currently houses the new water department, board room, administration offices, and police department. Benders Automotive was the only automotive shop in Manito at it's time.
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