The man who lent his name to the General Motors of the trailer industry will also take a place among the automobile industry’s pioneers later this year as the Automotive Hall of Fame inducts its 2017 class of honorees.
August Fruehauf, as Jim Donnelly wrote in the March 2015 issue of Hemmings Classic Car, “pioneered, in great measure, the modern long-haul truck” by inventing the tag-along semi-trailer and, in the process, triggered the wide-scale distribution of modern consumer goods. A successful blacksmith and wagonbuilder in Detroit and the surrounding area around the turn of the century, Fruehauf built his first trailer in 1914 at the request of a boat owner who wished to transport his craft on dry land behind a Ford Model T. Read more.........
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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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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