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Spencer in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Food Lion Trailer No. 893615

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
1. Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker
Inscription.
Builder: Great Dane Trailers
Manufactured: November 1968
Model: 731T Dry Van
Weight: 12 feet 6 inches
Length: 45 feet
Weight: 13,600 pounds
Capacity: 49,960 pounds
PurchaSe price: $17,608.07

The Great Dane Trailer Company began in part in 1931 when the Savannah Blowpipe Company sought to produce new lightweight trailers for the trucking industry. They hired a resident of Greenville, S. C., who was making trailers under the name Great Dane, because he was familiar with their use as draft animals in Europe. With new laws governing trailer weights in the 1930s, the Great Dane Company found just the right market for their trailers.

The trucking industry was always an interest of Food Lion's. Starting with the first store in 1957, Food Lion purchased its own trucks and created distribution centers. Today there are eight distribution centers in four states, including North Carolina. Almost SOO tractor-trailers are employed to drive the 52 million miles needed to deliver fresh groceries to stores each day.

Food Lion used this trailer to haul dry grocery products between warehouses and stores. Similar to other companies, logos were painted along the sides, acting as rolling billboards along the interstates. This trailer traveled over 1,000,000 miles and carried
Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
2. Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker
6,620 loads of groceries and backhaul merchandise, weighing 297,900,000 pounds during a 17-year period.
Trailer donated by Food Lion LLC.
 
Location. 35° 41.3′ N, 80° 25.977′ W. Marker is in Spencer, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker can be reached from South Salisbury Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the NC Transportation Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159, Spencer NC 28159, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Food Lion LLC (here, next to this marker); Magnetic Signal Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Signals (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Spencer Shops (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Spencer (about 600 feet away); The Muscle of Spencer Shops (about 600 feet away); Norfolk & Western Caboose 555012 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spencer Shops Roundhouse and Turntable (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spencer.
 
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Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
3. Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker
One of the 500 trucks comprising the Food Lion truck fleet.
Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
4. Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker
Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
5. Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 Marker
Food Lion Trailer No. 893615 image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, December 29, 2016
6. Food Lion Trailer No. 893615
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Last updated on May 29, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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