1930s Horse Trailer
DPS Horse Trailer
Gift of Joe S. "Sandy" Boone / Catalog# 1997.024.001
Do you know what is one of the largest items in the museum collections? This 1930s horse trailer! Even as cars became more common in the 1930s, there were (and still are) places that were easier to navigate on horseback. The trailer was issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and could be hitched to a DPS vehicle to transport two horses. The trailer has a hinge door and canvas top, with clear plastic front "window". The canvas sides can be rolled and tied up for air flow. The artifact was sold at a DPS surplus auction before eventually being donated to the museum. It was restored in 2000. The trailer is on exhibit in the camp scene diorama in the Hall of Fame Gallery.