The Southern Oregon Historical Society showcased the long forgotten Ashland “amphibious truck” today during an open house.
The reason for the name…? It spent more than a day underwater in Ashland Creek after the bridge it was on collapsed during the flood of 1948.
The society has taken steps to fix portions of the truck including the lights and siren but the process is arduous.
“We are not making predictions, said Ben Truwe, a member of the historical society, when asked about the time table for when the truck might fully be prepared. “We will come here with a basket full of parts to put in and big plans and spend the entire day working on one bolt. So old cars can really surprise you especially when they’ve been sitting in a field for twenty years.”
The society is working to restore the engine the best they can but they’re asking for community donations to help bring the truck back to life.
Photos below provided by the Southern Oregon Historical Society:
NBC5 News Reporter Miles Furuichi graduated from Chapman University with degrees in English and Journalism. He received post graduate experience in Los Angeles in photojournalism and commercial photography. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland working in print journalism and advertising.
Miles is a Rogue Valley native, raised in Ashland. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography.