The history of the Fruehauf Trailer Company goes all the way back to the very beginning of trucking. August Fruehauf, a blacksmith from Detroit, Michigan, can be credited for designing and building the first trailer in 1914. From humble beginnings, he and his company went on to revolutionize the trucking industry and become an integral part of the growth of America. A lyric in the song “Hello I’m A Truck” makes a very true statement when it says, “There’d be no truck drivers if it wasn’t for us trucks” – and those trucks are able to haul so much more freight because of the trailers that they pull! Introduction to an article by Kim Grimm of Ten Four Magazine
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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