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Aug 19, 1954: New wrecker is ready for Thruway's debut

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Anticipation was high for the Buffalo-area leg of the Thruway set to open 60 years ago this week.

The highway is now mostly taken for granted, but the idea behind the Federal Highway System and local examples of it were, at the time, futuristic and emblematic of the engineering marvels happening during the post-war era.

And isn’t this a cool truck?

"One of wreckers which will tow disabled cars from Thruway"

"Kenneth Dadswell, who operates a service station at Main St. and Harris Hill Rd., Town of Clarence, examines one of his three wrecker trucks which will provide towing service for Thruway users between the Williamsville Toll Barrier and a point about 3 miles east of Batavia."

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Steve Cichon is a fourth-generation Buffalonian; all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home. The historian and author of three books runs his own business telling the stories of Western New York, is an adjunct communications professor and previously spent 20 years working in Buffalo radio and television.

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