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The Eugene Dahl Car Museum encapsulates change within the automobile industry both locally and nationwide. Many of the vehicles were donated by Eugene Dahl and Lester Melroe and were originally housed in the Paul Hemp Automobile Museum in Rochester, Minnesota.
Important early vehicles include the 1908 Brush Runabout, a competitor to Ford's 1908 Model T. The wooden parts of The Runabout were subject to weathering. This along with the high cost, and unique, and therefore hard to maintain, design of the 1908 Brush Runabout eventually led to the downfall of the Brush company. The 1908 Brush Runabout could not compete with the 1908 Ford Model T, which was more affordable, user friendly, and released for a mass market.
Also included are the beginnings of luxury brands that we know well today. Included in Bonanzaville's collection of over sixty vehicles are early Jaguar and Rolls Royce models. These early luxury vehicles are displayed in The Eugene Dahl Car Museum alongside their household name counterparts which include Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford counterparts dating back to the early 1900s.
The car museum also showcases historical vehicles from the Fargo-Moorhead area, including an array of Fargo emergency vehicles from the 1900s, such as the one pictured here.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Bonanzaville: Technological Innovations of the 20th Century