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Oh, the stories this tow truck could tell

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
A Montgomery Oil Co. tow truck photographed recently along a residential street in Montgomery, Minnesota. Is this the former site of the service station?

DO YOU EVER WONDER, like I do, about the stories a vehicle could tell?

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Why is this face painted on a door of the building where the tow truck is parked? And whose face is this?

I suppose it’s the former news reporter in me or that natural curiosity I’ve always possessed that fuels my mind to frame questions.

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Vintage lettering…

How often did this truck travel, after bar closings, to tug a vehicle from a ditch near Montgomery, Minnesota?

And how many tragic scenes—shards of glass scattered across the highway, crushed metal, flashing lights—has this tow truck viewed?

Has this truck’s driver cursed when the phone rang in the wee hours of a brutal winter morning?

It appears, from the snow locking in and blanketing this truck, that it hasn’t moved in awhile from property along a residential street in Montgomery.

Photo by Audrey Kletscher Helbling
West Side Park sits right across the alley.

Is this tow truck the planned project of a restorer or simply abandoned, destined to rust away in this spot an alley away from a small town Minnesota city park?

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Luke Johnson on 02/27/2014 - 03:26 pm.

    That truck is a classic! I wonder how many tows it has given over the years and how many sticky situations it got itself and other out of. Would you happen to know who made the engine that they used in this GMC? I haven’t found much on GM’s diesel engine history.

    Luke | Country City Tow

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