Detroit Historical Museum celebrates the semi-trailer
The Detroit Historical Museum is celebrating the history of the semi-trailer.
A presentation takes place Sunday to celebrate the opening of the museum’s newest America’s Motor City showcase display titled “Fruehauf: The First Name in Transportation.” It was developed in partnership with the Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society.
August Fruehauf was a blacksmith and wagon maker. In 1914, Frederick M. Sibley, a lumber tycoon, needed to transport an 18-foot boat to his cottage using a Ford Model T and asked Fruehauf if a wagon could be attached.
Fruehauf and Otto Neumann converted the car and the historical society says that marked the start of the semi-trailer. On Sunday, Ruth Fruehauf and Rick Neumann will discuss the work of their grandfathers and the founding of the Fruehauf Trailer Co.