Barely making it into the freight elevator with inches to spare, volunteers at the Ford Piquette plant museum in Detroit breathed a collective sigh of relief when they managed to maneuver the 1916 Fruehauf semi-trailer into the cramped enclosure. Gently the trailer was transported from the Detroit Historic Museum storage to be displayed on loan at the Ford Piquette Plant Museum for the next five years.
The loan was made possible because of truck collector, Randy Shelton who is a long time supporter of the Ford Piquette plant and a new enthusiast of the Fruehauf Trailer history. Mr. Shelton's beautifully restored Smith Form A Model T was the perfect companion for the Fruehauf semi-trailer. In 1914, when August Fruehauf and Otto Neumann invented the semi-trailer it was paired with a Ford Model-T. Mr. Shelton has become an expert on early Fruehauf trailer engineering and now owns four trailers, which he is in the process of restoring.
The advancement of transportation accelerated the economic growth of all industries in the industrial booming United States. The Fruehauf Trailer Company contributed to the advancement of American industry.
Ruth Ann Fruehauf and Darlene Norman have dedicated hard work, determination and intuition to bringing this project to life. This is the ongoing investigation and reporting of their efforts.
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We are Social
An organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Fruehauf Trailer Company and the Fruehauf family legacy.
The society has created historical books and a traveling exhibit rich with Fruehauf memorabilia and archival materials. Our next book, “Fruehauf, the First Name in Transportation” an in-depth analysis of the company’s history will be published soon.
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Ruth A. Fruehauf and Darlene Norman.
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The Fruehauf Trailer
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