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21,000 MILES COST $100.

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Topics:  Lincoln Highway, A.R. Pardington

21,000 MILES COST $100.

The New York Times
April 5, 1914

That Was the Repair Bill for a Motor Truck in Denver.

When a motor truck averages nearly fifty miles a day for eighteen months and loses only the time taken for the annual inspection, a stage in truck development has been reached where the reliability is as great, if not greater, than that of any other transportation agency.  A three-ton truck makes suburban deliveries near Denver for J. S. Brown & Brother Mercantile Company.  The mountain grades in that vicinity are not only steep, but the road conditions make going most difficult.  In Winter the snow and ice complicate the hauling problem.

Brown Brothers state that in eighteen months their truck covered 21,000 miles.  It was out of commission but three days, which were given over to a thorough and complete inspection to see if any overhauling was necessary.  The repair costs for the year and a half were less than $100.  The truck replaced seven horses at a considerable saving in cost.  This truck carries from ten to twelve tons per day, and the daily average of from forty-five to fifty miles includes Saturdays, when the workday is shortened by several hours.  The high altitude is a factor in this record.

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