Pictured is a model diagram of the Snow Cruiser designed to travel on an expedition to Antarctica in 1939. The cruiser had a brief stop in Columbia City when a small malfunction and accident delayed the mobile laboratory.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is an excerpt of a historical article published in the Whitley County Historical Societyâ€™s December 2013 edition of The Bulletin. Included is information originally published by The Post & Mail in October 2009.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In 2009, Paul Johnson, of Columbia City who is now deceased, visited The Post & Mail to share an article that had appeared in the American Truck Historical Society, â€śWheels of Timeâ€ť magazine, written by Kiley Miller, about an unusual sight that came through Columbia City 70 years ago, in 1939.
â€śI saw it when I was six years old,â€ť said Johnson. In 1939, Columbia City was visited by a behemoth of a truck-labratory on its maiden voyage from Chicago where it was built, eventually to reach Boston and then ship to Antarctica.
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