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Big Dam Truck: 1941

Big Dam Truck: 1941

December 1941. Shasta County, California. "Dump truck which carries materials for use in construction of Shasta Dam. This truck uses butane instead of gasoline because of the extra power butane gives." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

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Butane use for large trucks

I was fleet manager. LPG was beginning to be considered as alternative to gasoline during the '80s. Cost of storage and delivery to vehicles and on-board conversion tanks outweighed cost of gasoline when I did the study. Interesting that large trucks used butane in 1930s and '40s. Here is an article I found from a county just north of Butte County about their decision to use butane.

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/jack-and-the-butane-burning-pet...

hard travelin'

That big fella has had some hard work to do! Makes me think of the Woody Guthrie song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfq5b1bppJQ

Anybody know what brand of truck it is?

[It's a White. - Dave]

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