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100 Years of Trucking! Birthday Party Set for 1921 International

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum will host a 100th Birthday party for its 1921 International on Friday, July 9th at 2:30 pm. The event will coincide with this year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 8-10.  The public is welcome to attend the celebration.

“The 1921 International Harvester 101 model was only made for a few years; 1921-1923,” says Dave Meier, museum curator. “This truck is believed to be the only one left in existence out of the limited number produced. It would have cost $4,500 brand new, which was quite a bit of money in 1921.”

Based in Chicago, Illinois, the International Harvester company was a result of the merging of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company in 1902. Originally targeted to farmers, International Harvester started off solely manufacturing tractors. Then in 1909 they decided to make trucks as well.  According to Meier, “This is the largest model in International Harvester’s line of trucks. The frame is eight inches high and has seven cross members. The truck weighs 6,800 pounds and has a top speed of 14 MPH.”

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum purchased this truck in November 2020 from Curt Fisher of Mankato, MN.

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