America On Wheels

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America on Wheels
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Established 2008
Location 5 North Front Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18102
Coordinates 40°36′56″N 75°27′10″W / 40.615646°N 75.452814°W / 40.615646; -75.452814
Type Transportation museum
Director Linda Merkel
Curator Liz Hahn
Website http://www.americaonwheels.org

America On Wheels is an over-the-road transportation museum located in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in the United States.

The 43,000 square feet (4,000 m2) museum offers over 23,000 square feet (2,100 m2) of exhibit space divided into three main galleries and several smaller exhibits.[1] The museum houses rotating exhibits on the second floor. Also on the second floor is the HubCap Cafe,[2] and a vehicle art gallery featuring artists such as Bill Bravo.[3]

The museum's collection features over 75 bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and trucks in exhibits telling the story of people and products on the move from the days of the carriage to the vehicles of tomorrow.[1]

The museum also houses the archives of Mack Trucks.

History[edit]

As early as 1989, Allentown city officials had announced plans to revitalize an old industrial area, which included the abandoned Arbogast & Bastian meat packing plant, along the Lehigh River.[1] This redevelopment, which was to be known as "Lehigh Landing," was to include a museum, a brewery, walking trails, a footbridge across the river, and a promenade for festivals.[1] Development was hindered by fundraising problems, environmental remediation issues, and even a national debate on pork barrel government spending.[1] After three separate groundbreakings (2001, 2004 and 2005), the museum, which cost over $17 million to build, was officially opened to the public on April 12, 2008.[1]

Collection & exhibits[edit]

1889 Nadig Gas-Powered Carriage[edit]

A historically important part of the museum's collection is the 1889 Nadig Gas-Powered Carriage, one of the first gas-powered vehicles driven in America.[4] Henry Nadig, a German-born mechanic living in Allentown, built his gas-powered carriage in 1889, two years before Charles E. Duryea's first gas-powered automobile. Police forced him to drive the carriage at night, because during the day it scared horses.[4] The vehicle was discovered rusting in a collapsed shed in Allentown, and restored.[4]

General collection[edit]

The collection of the America on Wheels museum also includes the following:

  • 1885 High Wheeler Bike
  • 1889 Nadig Carriage
  • 1890 Studebaker Carriage
  • 1895 Morris Salom Electrobat IV
  • 1903 Ford Model A
  • 1908 Stanley Runabout
  • 1909 Marsh Metz "Battery Special"
  • 1909 Stanley Steamer Model R
  • 1910 Brockway Motor Wagon
  • 1910 Brush Runabout Model E
  • 1910 Flying Merkel Motorcycle
  • 1911 Mack Junior Series
  • 1912 Indian Motorcycle
  • 1912 Little
  • 1912 Reading Standard Track Bicycle
  • 1913 Harley-Davidson Model 9-A
  • 1914 Excelsior Motorcycle
  • 1914 Detroit Electric
  • 1915 Model T Ford Roadster
  • 1918 Chevrolet Series D V8
  • 1918 Mack AC Fire Truck
  • 1919 Mack AB Truck
  • 1922 Detroit Electric
  • 1922 Mack AB Model
  • 1927 Mack AC Model
  • 1929 Series AC International
  • 1930's era Steel-Craft Pedal Car
  • 1932 Confederate Series AB
  • 1933 Hupmobile Convertible Coupe
  • 1935 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall
  • 1939 Wendling Midget Racer
  • 1943 Schwinn Bike
  • 1947 Girl's Columbia Bicycle
  • 1947 Model 54 Cushman Scooter
  • 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Convertible
  • 1948 Salsbury Motor Scooter
  • 1948 Tucker Sedan
  • 1950 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide
  • 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • 1953 Corvette
  • 1955 Nomad
  • 1957 Chevrolet 210 Station Wagon
  • 1957 Corvette
  • 1957 Mack B61 Truck
  • 1958 Hot Rod Drag Racer "Bloody Mary"
  • 1958 Impala Convertible
  • 1958 Mack B753LS
  • 1960 Corvair Monza
  • 1962 Chevy II
  • 1963 Corvette
  • 1967 Amphicar 770
  • 1967 Camaro Convertible Pace Car
  • 1968 Corvette
  • 1969 S&W Chassis Top Fuel Dragster
  • 1970 Plymouth Superbird
  • 1974 Yamaha TA 125A
  • 1976 CitiCar
  • 1978 Modified Montgomery Ward Mtd Racing Lawn Mower
  • 1978 Harley-Davidson MX250
  • 1979 Mack F785T UPS Cab and Trailer
  • 1983 March/Porsche GTP Race Car
  • 1984 MTD Racing Lawn Mower
  • 1984 Zora-1 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1986 Modified Schwinn Panther/"Pee-Wee Herman" Bicycle
  • 1986 Penske PC-15
  • 1993 Specialized Epic Touring Bicycle
  • 1997 AVX Coupe
  • 1998 Huffy Superia Messenger Bicycle
  • 2000 Raven 700SX Mountain Bike
  • 2002 Segway Human Transporter
  • 2005 NASCAR Dodge Charger
  • 2006 Paratrooper Bike
  • 2007 EZ Sprint Electric Bike
  • 2007 Pro Machine Bicycle
  • 2008 Prius
  • 2011 Toyota Prius V Model Hybrid

Also:

  • Bonneville Streamliner Motorcycle
  • Mack Bulldog
  • E-Bike
  • Pee Wee Herman's Schwinn Bike (replica)
  • Suzuki RM250ZK6 Motorcycle
  • Moulton Bicycle
  • Inter 10 Bike
  • Yale 4P Motorcycle
  • Ken Brenn Racing Team #60 Race Car
  • Allstate Deluxe 811.40 Scooter (Cushman)
  • Make Shark Concept Car

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Callaway, Brian (April 6, 2008), "Ready to Roll ** Allentown's new $17 million homage to vehicles is set to open Saturday after nearly two decades of setbacks.", The Morning Call: A.1 
  2. ^ "The HubCap Cafe". Lehigh Valley Live. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bill Bravo's Automotive Portraits at the America on Wheels Museum". Morning Call. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Gehman, Geoff (April 12, 2008), "America on Wheels rolls in ** From Macks to muscle cars, here are the museum's coolest wheels.", The Morning Call: D.2 

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