Last year the family and I did a drive from Alberta, Canada right down to Texas, USA in our family minivan. We did this in four days so there wasn’t a huge amount of time for sight seeing, but we did manage to see some of the usual tourist traps like Mount Rushmore. My favorite spot along the way was Cawker City in Kansas. Never heard of it? Well, they claim to have the world’s biggest ball of twine, which is interesting, but not what I liked best about it.
It is a small town with a population in the five hundreds, but absolutely chock full of fantastic old vehicles. There are rows of cars, vans, and tractors with an emphasis on trucks. Not all in one place, either, but spread over the town. Every vacant lot seems to have been taken over by old vehicles.
I talked to a very friendly employee at the biggest site and he said they all belong to one man who is in the antique and scrap metal business as well as dealing in old vehicles. There was another, larger site outside of town with even more vehicles but only accessible by 4×4. Given the loaded nature of the family minivan I choose to just enjoy what was on display in the town.
Quite a few heavy duty trucks as well. Here is an International and a Mac H63.
How about an Advanced Design GMC in school bus guise?
Or an early Chevrolet delivery truck?
There are a few cars here and there too like this 1948 Packard Eight sedan.
A Dodge “Job Rated” truck with a step side box along with a International Metro van.
Some vintage stuff as well. Apparently a lot of the vehicles were acquired through farm clean ups over the years and they save and sell the best stuff.
This Diamond T lacks any paint but the body still looks nice and solid. A 1938 Ford sits next to it in similar condition.
I could go on all day but I’ll end it with a closer look at the Chevrolet Corvair Rampside truck we saw earlier next to the GMC school bus.
Cawker City might be most well known for having the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, but its amazing selection of classic trucks is well worth celebrating too.