Recognize This Bettendorf Wagon?

| 5/16/2012 9:43:06 AM

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Bettendorf Wagon 

 This wagon was made by Bettendorf Axle Co. in Davenport, Iowa. Bettendorf began building wagons in about 1893. International Harvester Co. acquired the brand in about 1905. By the late 1920s, Bettendorf Axle Co. ceased to be listed in farm equipment directories as an actively sold brand and is listed within a section pointing folks to International Harvester for replacement parts. We’re looking for any other information known about this wagon.

Barbara Lloyd, 201 Burk Way, Del City, OK 73115; (405) 672-4236; email: 

Chad Elmore
3/11/2013 8:27:27 PM

The running gear made by Bettendorf Axle Co. was all steel, and had no wood parts. The wagon in the photo, in Oklahoma, very likely is a Bettendorf, although there is no tag to positively ID it. The Bettendorf Metal Wheel Co. and Bettendorf Axle Co. both made wagon components for other manufacturers, however and the wheels could be purchased as replacements. The wheel company eventually became French & Hecht, while the axle company sold the wagon line and tooling to International Harvester in 1905, which marketed the steel wagons as New Bettendorf. Bettendorf made rail cars and components after that.

3/9/2013 6:32:52 PM

As indicated in a prior posting, our wheel hubs have only the 'part number' (H-97) and the upper case 'B'. No one has yet identified it as a true Bettendorf running gear. As to the colors, we evaluated the various color schemes in pamphlets, etc, and determined that, as the Bettendorf wagons were marketed by International Harvester from 1893 to about 1930, we would paint the wooden parts International Red and the metal segments a gloss Black. It will be displayed at the County Fair and Old Gas Tractor Show this summer, hoping for a positive identification.

Neil West
3/9/2013 4:59:18 PM

I also have a set of steel wheels with "Bettendorf Wheel Co. Davenport Iowa molded into the wheel hubs. They came with a set of wagon iron with very little wood left. I have had wooden axles made using the skeins and would also like to know more about the wagon; who made it, colors, etc. Neil West, Bettendorf, Iowa


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