1912 Knox-Martin Tractor

Description
In the early 20th century, businesses and city governments owned many specialized, horse-drawn freight and service wagons. When owners decided to replace their horses with motor vehicles, tractors were more appealing than trucks because the wagons could be kept and used as trailers. The Knox Automobile Company manufactured tractors with a fifth wheel hitch that was adapted to wagons. And unlike a truck, a tractor could be detached from the wagon and haul more goods while the first wagon was being loaded or unloaded. The Knox-Martin’s single front wheel swung easily and turned the vehicle in a tight radius, accommodating these maneuvers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tractor, 1912
tractor
date made
1912
Measurements
overall: 6 5/16 ft x 7 ft x 15 5/32 ft; 1.92024 m x 2.1336 m x 4.62281 m
ID Number
TR*330735
catalog number
330735
accession number
299299
subject
Transportation
Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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