Wednesday, April 10, 2013

They Thought of it All

From wagons specifically built to carry beer, livestock and furniture to other patterns engineered for fighting fires, hauling coal, and delivering milk, the early transportation industry seemed to have a vehicle for every purpose.  Road building, landscaping, and forestry-related designs were no exceptions.  While reviewing a number of different vehicle patents, we ran across this one highlighting a wagon gear built to help move trees.

Dating to 1889, this custom set of wheels was meant to help transport and transplant mature trees.  The rear section of this design is configured to provide optimum support and care for the tree while touting a low-slung, ultra-stable wheel base with optimum maneuverability.  Specialty vehicles like this unique dray would not have been built in great quantities and, if any from this patent were built, it’s likely that few, if any, have survived. 

If you know of a specially-purposed, wood-wheeled vehicle you’d like to see profiled here, drop us a line at  We’d enjoy hearing from you.