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Auburn in DeKalb County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Herb Snow

Vice President of Engineering - Auburn Automobile Company

Herb Snow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
1. Herb Snow Marker
Inscription.  From 1927 through 1936, Herb Snow was responsible for many of the engineering advancements of the Auburn Automobile Company He was intensely involved in both the Cord L-29 and 810//812 front-wheel-drive projects. Snow is credited with the development of the "X” frame member as a method of adding structural rigidity to a ladder-style automobile frame, a feature later used by nearly every automobile company. Snow held many patents, one of which was an ingenious cable and worm-gear system to open and close the headlamp doors of the Cord 810. Snow led an engineering department of more than 77 employees.

Snow was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1883. He attended the Case Institute of Technology. His entire career involved automotive engineering design. He worked for Peerless, Willys-Overland, Winton and Velie before coming to Auburn as chief engineer in 1927. Snow was appointed vice president of engineering in 1931. He avoided the limelight and freely shared credit with his colleagues. After the demise of Auburn, Snow did consulting work for the Columbia Axle Company.In 1940, Snow was hired as chief engineer at Checker Motors
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Corporation and was later elected to its board of directors. He held that pósition at Checker, until he died in 1961 at the age of 76.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 41° 21.312′ N, 85° 3.472′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Wayne Street and Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling north on Wayne Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1624 Wayne St, Auburn IN 46706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred Duesenberg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Augie Duesenberg (about 300 feet away); Auburn Automobile Company (about 300 feet away); Errett Lobban (E.L.) Cord (about 400 feet away); Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Facility (about 400 feet away); "It All Started Here" (about 400 feet away); Women Employees (about 400 feet away); Alan Leamy (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
Herb Snow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
2. Herb Snow Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2023