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Iowa 80 Trucking Museum to Host 100th Birthday Party for 1910 Avery Farm Truck July 9, 2010

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum to Host
100th Birthday Party for 1910 Avery Farm Truck

WALCOTT, IOWA — Iowa 80 Trucking Museum will host a 100th Birthday party for its 1910 Avery Farm Truck on Friday, July 9th at 2:30 pm. The event will coincide with this year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree, July 8-9. The public is  welcome to attend the celebration.

“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.

Avery was a large farm equipment manufacturer in Peoria, Illinois, that built farm tractors into the 1920s. The 1910 model was advertised to do the work of six to eight horses at a top speed of 15 MPH. This truck is 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. This innovative piece of equipment didn’t come cheap though; the truck boasted a $2,500 price tag.

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.

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