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I am involved with a restoration of a 1917 Riker truck, (sister to the Locomobile).  I need much more in the way of parts and information in order to have a viable project.  My question for this group is to ask if any "West Coaster" has current information on the disposition of the great Hays Truck museum that was located in Woodland Calif. but closed in 2013 and was moving to the Reno area.  Can anyone from Reno or Northern Cal. fill in the blanks about the status of that museum or the inventory?  I assume that much of the collection could have been sold off?  Please share any update you may have.

Al 

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I am afraid Al, that you may be looking for an elusive answer. I will send an email to a good friend that lives near that area, and used to be a museum director for his county before they decided to cutback and lose tens of thousands of dollars worth of artifacts rather than pay a salary to a qualified and passionate director. Typical bureaucratic mentality.

I don't live far from there myself, but one thing or another, I never did get to visit that museum myself. I was quite displeased when I heard they were closing a few years ago, but was tied up with sick family. Frankly, I just haven't followed the fallout since.

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Thanks for your responses.  It sounds like a good share of the Hays collection was donated to the ex Harrah collection, now the National Museum with the remains tucked away in a storage warehouse.  I will follow up and see if Bruce has an idea if the complete collection moved to Reno or how much was simply liquidated.  However, it is a fitting place for the Hays collection to be utilized along with the last of the Harrah collection.  During the boom time of William Harrah, his collection was simply over the top!  I am a car guy and that collection even made me dizzy!  Oh those were the days....probably never to reach that magnitude again!

Al

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Yes, the remains of the Hays truck Museum is under cover and I guess that is good, but certainly not well appreciated by the public.  Lots of warehouse space is consumed just in storage.  It makes me realize our hobby is evolving and what was great and cool in the recent past is now certainly past prime.  Current prices reinforce that downward direction also.  At least one or two truck museums have amalgamated into something else or simply have been liquidated.  Can this group help me make a list of current functioning Truck oriented museums?  I will start with the one I know of....

1- Robinsons Truck Museum                            (Salina, Utah)

2- I-80 Truck Museum                                       (Walcott, Iowa)

3- Heartland Military Museum                          (Lexington, Neb.)

4- Tow Truck Museum                                       (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

5- Cole Land & Transportation Museum         (Bar Harbor, Maine)

6- National Automobile and Truck Museum   (Auburn, Ind.)

7- Henry Ford Museum                                      (Dearborn, Mich.)

8- Brit. Columbia Vintage Truck Museum       (Surrey, British Columbia)

9- CNY Living History Museum                        (Cortland, New York)                    Past Brockway Museum

 

Information and on line references

1- American Truck Historical Society              https://aths.org/

2- Just old Trucks                                              https://forums.justoldtrucks.com/default.aspx

3- Historic Construction Equipment Assoc.  https://hcea.net/

4- Historic Military Vehicle Forum                  https://hmvf.co.uk                                    (active helpful group from UK)

5- Old GMC trucks                                            https://oldgmctrucks.infopop

6- Antique Truck Club of America                  https://wwwantiquetruckclub.org

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