The local museum and historical society has a couple of trucks that never see the light of day and more importantly the public never gets to see. There is not a big enough door to get a vehicle in the main two adjoining buildings so these trucks sit in a third, storage building on the back side of the property that is not part of the "tour" in the public viewing area.
Today was our annual local car show so earlier this week I asked the president of the historical society if I could take these two trucks out so the public could enjoy them. He thought that would be a great idea but he had to be out of town this weekend so he told me to "do what ever you want with them".
I ran the red Ford semi in the Christmas parade last year and I am one of only three people insured to remove and drive the trucks on public roads. Since I previously served on the board of directors I have security codes for the automatic door and alarm system.
My dad worked for Churchill Truck Lines based right here in Chillicothe, MO for 33 years until they locked the doors in April of 1994 - so the Churchill truck has special meaning to me. Also, dad sold Churchill the engine that is in this truck in the late 1970's when they were restoring it. He also did a fair amount of labor in its restoration at that time. Churchill was a major employer in this town for decades.
I had flyers for the museum to give out and got very positive feedback about the trucks. We have a well funded and beautiful museum but it is not in the best location and it is surprising to me how many locals don't know it exists!
Chillicothe is also the "home of sliced bread" as the first commercially sliced bread anywhere in the world was sold here in 1928. The number one bread slicer was worn out and sold for scrap before I was born but our museum has the number two machine on loan from the Smithsonian in DC for the next three years. I'll include a link to our museum's website. Enjoy it if you have a few minutes!