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The photo album is in PDF format and Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 5 or newer is required (Acrobat Reader is a free download from Adobe). The CD will run on operating systems as old as Windows 95, but will not read on earlier versions of Acrobat Reader.

CD Vol. 2


A Truck Photographer’s Diary, Vol. 2 – Colorado 1, Circa 1964, is intended to provide historic photographic documentation of trucks from a bygone era, 1964.

All photos were taken by David A. Bontrager, who is well-known for his classic and unique images of trucks and trains from the 1950s through the present day. This is an excellent sampling of his private collection of truck photos.

The CD has been completely rebuilt with all new scans of the original images with a higher technology scanner. All photos are in pristine condition and will view excellent on screen, and will view larger than the original CD.

The 81 photographs were taken in various areas of Colorado. Many of the photos were taken around the Pueblo, Colorado area, home of the photographer at that time. Other photos were taken around the Denver area and other locations in Colorado. During this era of regulation the western bridge laws were in effect, which created a dramatic difference between trucks from the western and the eastern areas of the United States. This photo CD album is a tribute to the long wheelbase cabovers and conventionals common to the West, including an owner-operator's cabover Peterbilt truck and pull-trailer, and also several droms operated by Safeway Stores.

During the 1960s the enormous CF&I (Colorado Fuel & Iron) steel mill was in full operation near Pueblo, and many of the carriers that hauled out of the mill are well represented in this CD photo album, including: C&H Transportation, H.J. Jefferies Truck Line, Wales Trucking, Jefferies-Eaves, Cagle Bros., B.F. Walker Transport, Plateau Hardware Supply, and others.

During the Sixties, Adolf Coors Co. of Golden did not operate a company fleet, but instead, the classic red and black Coors trucks were either leased fleets or distributor-owned, and there is a good representation of some of these trucks, including Walter B. Cosper Trucking and Contract Carriers.

Wright Motor Lines of Rocky Ford, Colorado is also represented.


Dave's icon photo "220 Cummins" is included in this photo album, along with the other two sequence photos of the truck. This 3-photo sequence is awesome, not only for the smoke show that the Emeryville is putting on, but the distant Sangre De Cristo Mountains form a really nice background.

Trucking was much different in the Sixties than it is today. Not only was the industry different during the regulation era, but the equipment, technology, and even the people were different.

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Acrobat Reader 5.0 or newer is required for reading the photo album. Acrobat Reader is installed on most new computers, or you can download it free at: www.adobe.com

The photo album is an automated slideshow and can also be viewed manually. Instructions are included.

No part of this e-Book photo album, in whole or in part, or the photos contained herein, in whole or in part, may be reproduced, transmitted, scanned or distributed by any manual, mechanical or electronic means or devices without express written permission from the author and publisher.

Neither the CD nor the contents are public shareware. Copyright laws apply.