weight and girth of an actual Decatur-built example could pose some structural issues for the building.
These 340-ton behemoths are 25 feet tall, cost about $5 million, depending on options, and redefine the term “monster” truck. They are so big, in fact, that few of the 4,000-strong Decatur work force has ever seen one fully assembled. More than 30 feet wide and too large to be driven on any road, they are shipped in sections to the mine sites where they work. It then takes a team of 20 skilled mechanics and fabricators working 24 hours a day for 11 days to put it together.
|What a truck!|
One lady in our group asked me, "So, do you really enjoy tractor shows and museums like this?"
Indeed I do. First of all, it's a road trip. But I like any sort of museum with old things, and I'm interested in the stories behind them. I love stories, always have; especially true ones. I love the sense of history you feel, looking at things that were brand new before my parents were born. It's part of America!
More tomorrow, from the Peoria Riverfront Museum.