If you haven’t been there already, here’s one place you want to visit: The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. Filled with an amazing assortment of vintage trucks and trailers, it showcases the progression of trucking throughout the years. At this tourist attraction, visitors are allowed free rein to explore. So, you’ll enjoy having no barriers or rigid directional signs. Admittance is also free, but donations are always appreciated.
The museum currently has 60 trucks and trailers on display. These span from the early 1900s to the 1970s. Expect to see a little bit of everything when it comes to exhibits—from Mack, FWD, GMC, Studebaker to Diamond T and others. A neat thing about this place is that all the trucks featured in it are actually operational.
If you have time, the museum also shows a short film that features real life drivers and their passion for the trucking industry. They do something else that is cool—they allow photographs. With that said, be sure to bring the camera and don’t hesitate to post some vintage pictures to your Facebook pages.
At the moment, the Iowa 80 museum is wrapping up a 100th Birthday party for the 1910 Avery Farm Truck. “The 1910 Avery is the oldest truck we have on display and a rare piece of trucking history, so we thought it very fitting to throw a party,” says Dave Meier, museum curator. For those unfamiliar with the brand, Avery was a large farm equipment manufacturer in Peoria, Illinois, that built farm tractors into the 1920s.
According to manufacturers, the 1910 model was advertised to do the work of six to eight horses at a top speed of 15 MPH. The truck was so versatile, it could haul up to 100 bushels of wheat, pull a 3-bottom plow, or even run a threshing machine through an additional belt pulley. It didn’t come cheap though; the truck boasted a $2,500 price tag.
The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum purchased this particular Avery from collector Lloyd VanHorn in 1995, who had purchased it from the Pioneer Auto Museum, Murdo, South Dakota, 10 years earlier. It is one of only six Avery trucks known to still exist. For those who would like to visit, the museum is located in Walcott, Iowa.
At Millis Transfer, our drivers are easily identified by the glossy, maroon colored trucks that bare the Millis Transfer brand. With the latest amenities, Millis Transfer trucks are built with more features for safety and convenience today than ever before in history. When you drive a Millis Transfer truck and when you take a look at how trucks have evolved at the Iowa 80 museum, you’ll definitely appreciate all the thought the company has put into making the ride so easy and smooth. With all the fun gadgets and accessories that are now available, it’s definitely a great time to be a truck driver.
About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.