Of course, I hadn't brought my camera that day! I guess that should teach me to leave the camera at home because you never know when you'll run across interesting blog material!
Well, I made another trip out there, purely for the purpose of photographing the truck. Once I'd seen it, it didn't want to leave my mind!
This truck is displayed at the Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park. The museum consists mainly of trains, but they did make room for a few cars, and amont them this truck.
The following information is taken straight from the information sign that the museum had posted by the truck:
'This Mack Truck has special significance for Southern California. Unlike most Mack trucks of the period, it did much more than haul the usual loads of gravel, bruck, and logs. It was used during delivery and installation of the telescopic equipment at the Solar Observatory, which stands atop Pasadena's Mt.Wilson.
The Mt. Wilson Observatory, founded in 1904, contains two solar telescopes, one of which is a 60-inch reflecting telescop - the largest in the world. Our 1918 Mack truck was one of the several trucks used to haul the parts of the telescope up Mt. Wilson's winding toll road of dirt and gravel. The trucks, often wider than the road, had to make their way up a 12 percent average grade carrying the parts of the 4 1/2 ton telescope.The 100-inch reflecting telescope was in operation by late 1918. Although it was closed in 1985, due to its costly operation, it remains a unique part of Los Angeles' istory, as does this 1918 Mack dump truck."
Here are the photos I took of the truck:
but compare these tires to the tires today's trucks are using... Maybe the evolution of truck tires
should be a blog topic some day.