If your family has history buffs or truck enthusiasts among you, we highly recommend making a visit to the Mack Trucks Historical Museum. The Mack Trucks company has an extremely rich history and is one of the oldest truck manufacturers in the world. At this museum, you can get up close and personal with dozens of trucks from the first decade of the 20th century up until the 1970s, along with a variety of truck-related memorabilia, historical documents, and a whopping 80,000+ photographs. Our Allentown adoption agents love the Mack Truck Historical Museum for many reasons, including:
The Mack Trucks company has been an important industry in the Lehigh Valley for over 100 years. Although their headquarters are currently located in North Carolina, these headquarters were in Allentown from 1905-2010. Today, the company still employs over 1,000 people in the Lehigh Valley area at their plant in Lower Macungie.
The company was initially founded in 1900 by brothers Jack and Gus Mack in Brooklyn, NY. Originally, it was called the Mack Brothers Company. The name was changed to Mack Trucks in 1922.
Mack’s bulldog logo was adopted in 1917, during World War I. The British government used Mack AC trucks to bring troops, food, and equipment to their front lines. British troops gave the trucks the bulldog nickname because their appearance and durability reminded them of British Bulldogs – their country’s mascot.
We highly recommend joining a guided tour if you decide to visit the Mack Truck Historical Museum. The guides here are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They’ll give you a great deal of background information on what you’re seeing and encourage you to ask questions. While the trucks and memorabilia are nice to look at, we think the additional context provided by a tour guide helps you get the most out of your experience at the museum. And the best part – these tours are free and run every 30 minutes.
Objects On Display
The Mack Truck Historical Museum displays dozens of historical trucks. One of our favorites is an original sightseeing tour bus that the Mack Brothers built all the way back in 1901. This bus was gas-operated, open-air, and could seat up to 26 tourists. For over 25 years, it was used to give tours of Chicago during the summers and New Orleans during the winters. Other truck highlights include antique fire engines and some modern-day Mack trucks, such as the Megatron Truck from the film Transformers 3.
Other impressive memorabilia found in the Mack Truck Historical Museum includes:
- Toy trucks
- Original advertisements and signs
- Coin-operated Bulldog kids’ ride
- Full-size truck motors
Each fall, the Mack Truck Museum hosts an event called Trucktoberfest. This event is open to people of all ages, and makes a great family bonding experience. Some of the highlights of Trucktoberfest include:
- Flag-raising ceremony
- New truck and antique truck displays
- Mack Museum garage sale
- Silent auction
- Pedigreed parade of power