Book Sparks Renewed Interest in Florence Wagon Company
Historical book inspires club, parade and wagon shop in Alabama town
The Florence Wagon Company opened in 1889 in Florence, Ala., and soon became a well-known manufacture of what were called "light running" Florence wagons.
This pile of rusty iron and weathered wood was formmerly a Florence wagon. Restorer Terry Young of Florence, Ala., utilized these materials to recreate one of the vintage pieces.
At one time, "light running" Florence wagons were produced in such abundance that the company was the second largest wagon manufactured in North America. "Light running" refers to how well the wagons rolled.
Finding old wagons to restore was really hard at first, Willard South said, but now people often call his shop to report wagon "sights." This is one of his restored pieces.
A two-wheeled dump cart, made by the Florence Wagon Company.
Edgar Thigsen, 92, looks over a restored Florece wagon; his father and grandfather both worked at the Florence Wagon Company.
Seven different styles of wagons are displayed at Willard South's Wagon Shop. They were restored by Willard and his crew.
A four-wheeled box wagon, made by the Florence Wagon Company.
A heavy-hauling dray, made by the Florence Wagon Company.