Fruehauf Trailer

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Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Post by Hotbox » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:31 pm

Here is a panel from the 1919 Sanborns that shows Western's location between Anthony and Winter.

For years I remember a tall cement stairway rising up the slope from the sidewalk, and just ending in a weed patch at the top. I always used to wonder the story behind the stairs. Guess it was to their office

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Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Post by Hotbox » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:37 pm

Here is the keymap to the 1919 Sanborns, and since they don't even show a plate for the Fruehauf location on Pontiac, my guess is there must have been very little on that site at the time.

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Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Post by Notch 8 » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:23 am

I haven't found much about Fruehauf in Fort Wayne and have searched the net for information... The more I search the more I find it interesting !
Fruehauf was an amazing company ! rich with history that started as a small family owned enterprise to a Global Behemoth !

1997 Wabash National based in Lafayette IN purchased the assets of the failed Fruehauf..

Did the Fruehauf Company use rail service ? I would think shipping new trailers via rail would have been an option ?

Link to website https://www.singingwheels.com/

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Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Post by Hotbox » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:24 pm

Regarding the Western Gas Construction Company, it helps to use exactly the terms I underlined as your search criteria.

One of their ads is shown in this old trade journal, be sure to scroll to pages 112-115

https://books.google.com/books?id=Vf9PA ... ny&f=false

Also might find this of interest

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Direct link: https://i.imgur.com/uTVGzps.png

And one more of their ads:


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direct link: https://i.imgur.com/laFlcQD.png

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Re: Fruehauf Trailer

Post by Hotbox » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:00 pm

Incidentally, although it falls outside the realm of railroading, or even Fruehauf, some of you might find it interesting to go over to wikipedia and run searches on "History of Manufactured Gas", "water gas", "producer gas", and "wood gas" for a look at the birth of the gas industry as we know it today.
I found it particularly interesting the kiln type devices that were incorporated into automobiles in the 1930s and 40s, running the internal combustion engines off of gas produced in this manner.

I can vaguely remember seeing some old movie where some guy in a car stopped along a country road and scavenged dead branches to use as fuel for his car and just assumed that he was running a steamer. Now I have to think back at the possibility he was feeding his kiln.

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