Four-Wheel Drive

Four-Wheel Drive (HM52P)

Location: Clintonville, WI 54929 Waupaca County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 37.278', W 88° 45.522'

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In this machine shop, in 1908, Otto Zachow and William Besserdich developed and built the first successful four-wheel drive automobile. Their first car, the "Battleship", soon proved that it "could go anywhere a team of horses could go" and led to the founding, in 1909, of The Badger Four Wheel Drive Auto Company, (word "Badger" dropped in 1910 and name changed to FWD Corporation in 1958). Government interest in motor vehicles and the success of the four-wheel drive in early military tests caused the company to switch from cars to the manufacture of motor trucks. In two World Wars, U.S. and Allied armies won the battle of transport with military vehicles of four-wheel drive design. As civilization moves on to new horizons, transportation and progress are served by trucks invented and built in this community using the Zachow-Besserdich principle of applying power to all wheels of a vehicle.
HM NumberHM52P
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number102
Year Placed1960
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 11:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 360477 N 4942387
Decimal Degrees44.62130000, -88.75870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.278', W 88° 45.522'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 16.68" N, 88° 45' 31.32" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 148-150 Memorial Cir, Clintonville WI 54929, US
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