Many of our readers are aware of the successful New York to San Francisco run in the summer of 1912 with a Packard truck equipped with the Goodyear Tire Company’s hard rubber truck tires. Later in 1917 in Goodyear “Wingfoot Express” trip a fleet of Packard trucks traveled cross-country equipped with the tire makers new pneumatic truck tire.
A year earlier than the first Packard truck run in 1911 this Swiss Saurer double chain-drive truck the “Pioneer Freighter” ran on BF Goodrich hard rubber tires while carrying a three-ton load was driven cross country in a two-stage trip.
This run by the truck started early in March of 1911 and traveled west from Denver to Los Angeles, and then North to San Francisco. From there it was shipped by rail to Pueblo, CO and on June 12, 1911, it then headed east to New York and arrived there a month and a half later on August 2nd. The truck was built in the US at the Saurer Motor Truck Company factory in Plainfield, NJ that merged with the Mack Brothers Car Company later in 1911.
Today’s enlargeable photo (below) shows a stop on the eastbound Saurer truck trip to New York in Albion, MI at the Albion Garage for a promotional photo. The Service Station sold Goodrich tires and sold the Flanders car, one of which is parked to the left of the truck. The second car is a tourist’s Model “T” Ford touring car.
The photo is courtesy of Historical Albion Michigan where you can learn more about the Albion Garage.