The first motor truck was built in 1896 by German automotive pioneer Gottlieb Daimler.
The towing industry was born in 1916 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when Ernest Holmes, Sr. helped a friend find his car with three poles, straps and a chain attached to the frame of a 1913 Cadillac.
Mack Trucks, Inc. was founded in 1900 in Brooklyn, New York by Jack and Gus Mack. It was originally known as the Mack Brothers Company.
If you are interested in such facts, and you would also like to see the spirit of those old times live, be sure to visit these truck museums.
Keystone Antique Truck & Tractor Museum
880 W Roslyn Rd, Colonial Heights, VA 23834, United States
$10 Adults (Seniors (62+) receive a $1 Discount Off Regular Admission Fee)
$5 Students (age 6 – 17)
Spacious facility with 200+ restored, vintage trucks & tractors on display, plus a gift shop. Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Richmond, Virginia. Encompassing more than 125,000 square feet, Keystone Antique Truck & Tractor Museum is no ordinary museum. It’s cool, it’s combustive, and guarantees to take you on an exhilarating walk down memory lane.
Motor Transport Museum
31949 CA-94, Campo, CA 91906, United States
60 miles east of San Diego on Highway 94 in the township of Campo you will find collections of history dating back over a century.
They are called a Truck Museum, but they are more than that. Although the museum is a home for the preservation and restoration of more than 200 motor transport vehicles, they also have an eclectic collection of industrial equipment ranging from old belt drive machinery, single cylinder engines, electric generators, quarry mining equipment, rain makers, olive presses, anti-aircraft searchlight and even a custom built Model A log splitter to name a few.
Schwanke Car, Tractor, and Truck Museum
3310 1st St S, Willmar, MN 56201, United States
For more than 50 years Schwanke Tractor, Truck and Combine Parts has offered a wide variety of new and rebuilt parts for your tractors, combines, trucks and vehicles. Their large parts stock includes: Tires & Tubes, Rims, Radiators, Cylinder Heads, Starters and Generators, Manifolds, Hydraulic Parts, Seats, Clutches, Gauges and more.
Smithson International Truck Museum
5620 51 St, Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0, Canada
Admission: $5/ person Truck Museum tour, cash only.
Enjoy a walk through time as you view our series of International half-ton trucks. In 1980 Ken Smithson bought back two rundown International 1956 gravel trucks that he had owned years earlier. As a truck driver, he had once relied on them for his livelihood. He followed up that project in 1982 with the purchase of another old friend, a 1951 L Series International half-ton. He was hooked. In the end, he completed 19, all now housed in a collection at the Smithson International Truck Museum.