The Fleetwood Auto Body shop was built in 1909 in my old Home town of Fleetwood, PA. Known for being the producer of the Cadillac Fleetwood body years ago this is the place where it all started. It was the top producer of Fleetwood car bodies and wood that were then shipped off by rail to Detroit for further assembly. The railroad off to the left is where all the car bodies were loaded and shipped out. The tracks are still used to this day, but nothing from this old building. When I was in HS, we used to play around this building just for the fun of it. I’m also told that the place is Haunted! Lights come on, strange noises, and voices are heard at night. The Fleetwood Police have even been called here for strange things that have happened. They find nothing.
Purchased then by Fisher Auto Body in 1925, it remained in business until later years when the Garden State Tannery took over some of the building that is no longer here. Where you see the blue buildings in the background off to the right is where the Tannery used to stand. The Tannery was in business tanning leather until it caught fire and burned to the ground on Dec. 23, 2003.
I remember the Tannery quite well. The area used to have a bad smell from all the chemicals that were used to Tan Leather and other products they made. It employed many people of Fleetwood and from the surrounding area until it went up in flames. It was a bad fire. Engine Company’s from all of the outside area’s responded to try and put this huge fire out. There must have been 10 or more Engine Co’s here all fighting the fire, but nothing seem’d to put it out for a day or so. The chemicals fueled the fire that could be seen for miles away. Finally, the fire was contained and put out but not without destroying the whole place. There was nothing left but the brick walls. In time the fire gutted building was torn down. Surprising that no one was hurt during the fire.
This is a Image of the 1929 Cadillac Fleetwood V-8 that was built by Fisher Auto Body, originally Fleetwood Auto Body. This is a outstanding looking car from day’s gone by. They just don’t make them like this anymore! Oh Yes. This is not my Image. It’s almost UN-believable that a famous car body came from my old home town! How bout’ that.