Surprisingly Parmelee was not the only company that initially overlooked the potential in the taxicab business.
In 1897, the Electric Carriage & Wagon Company of Philadelphia built a small fleet of electric taxis that utilized the recently patented taximeter to measure a fares distance and time for a fledgling company in New York City.
When I was a kid there was an advertising campaign that encouraged a generation of Americans to see the USA in your Chevrolet.
There is so much good and positive in Kingman, including a large segment of the population, but once again the town has been given a black eye that will take a long time to heal. After all, we are still remembered as a town where Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh found a nest of like minded people and even a partner in crime.
The Lincoln Highway was the primary competitor for status as the primary coast to coast highway. However, the National Old Trails Road was the recipient of headline grabbing promotion resultant of high profile events.
July 14, 1915, "At 4 1/2 miles out at 11:15 Ford broke rear axle shaft. "
In May of 1916, the Albuquerque Automobile Racing Association, in partnership with business owners in Gallup announced a Fourth of July race. There would be a $700 prize for the first place finisher. To put this into perspective that was about the cost of a new Ford. The entry fee was $40.00.
It is no mere highway. It is Route 66, a linear community that spans
eight states and that has an international fan club numbered in the tens of thousands. Oddly enough, in spite of this popularity, there is a lack of continuity with the roads promotion and its marketing, and travel planning can be a challenge as there isn’t a primary focal point. Well, a major step toward resolution of these problems was taken this weekend. (more…)
The demise of venerable automobile manufactures Packard, Hudson, Studebaker, and Nash was a recent event and cars that had rolled from those companies factories still shared the highways with Fords and Dodges.
In regards to longevity and a very active and productive life, I would not mind emulating Ezra Meeker. However, even though I have long been a fan of the extended walkabout and often give thought to traveling Route 66 in a Model T, Model A, or Hudson Super Six, coast to coast adventures of an epic nature like the ones that Meeker made are not on my to do list.
I met Brad while riding for the Sierra Mesa brand on the ranch along the old Butterfield Trail near Faywood, New Mexico. This was during the same period when I first encountered Chris LeDoux, the rodeo rider and the singer, at a rodeo in Texas.
The fellows name was Bliss. As with most people who become an historic milestone, Mr. Henry Bliss never knew
that unexpected death would bestow a dubious form of immortality. He simply stepped from the New York City streetcar that September afternoon in 1899, and became the nations first pedestrian struck and killed by an automobile. Today’s editorial in the Kingman Daily Miner about the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to the electric vehicle led me to reflect on Bliss, his demise, and how there is little new under the sun.
The electric vehicle museum in Kingman, Arizona was born of a limited partnership between the city and the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation during the Route 66 International Festival in 2014, an event that was aptly themed Kingman: Crossroads of the Past & Future. For reasons not understood the museum has never progressed beyond the initial stage even though it garners international media attention and the collection continues to grow. The prestigious Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles recently donated 15 historically significant vehicles. (more…)