Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

Founded in 1874, the Eckhart Carriage Company was a successful manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages. Frank Eckhart had not only the foresight but also the engineering ability to steer the buggy company into the "Age of the Automobile." His Auburn Automobile Company prospered, particularly after E.L. Cord was brought in to run the business. Cord was both inventive and astute, and in 1929 created his own company, which, among other things, bought out the Duesenberg Automobile Co. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum features the classic cars produced by these companies and their competitors during the 1920s and '30s.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:In 1900, Frank Eckhart decided to build a "horseless" carriage. He used off-the-shelf industrial machinery for his prototype, and, by 1903, was ready to introduce his new Auburn to the national market. It featured a 78" wheel base and 56"-wide tread, which gave it a smoother ride. Why? Because it matched the buggy and wagon ruts in the dirt roads.
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