Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Franklin Auto Museum Tucson, Arizona May 19, 2015

                        Earlier model Franklin Auto

The Franklin Auto Museum is a small overlooked car museum in Tucson, Arizona. Many people get lost getting to the museum if you have questions please contact a docent. From the University of Arizona take Campbell Avenue north. When you get to Prince Avenue turn left. Drive until you reach Mountain Avenue and turn left. Keep a look out for a dirt road called E Kleindale Road. Turn left onto Kleindale and drive until you arrive at N Vine Avenue. Turn left and follow this road until you reach the entrance.

This museum was the private collection of Thomas Hubbard who collected Franklin Automobiles as well as research materials. While alive he collected about 25 to 30 cars. Before his death Mr. Hubbard put his entire collection, research materials, and grounds into a trust to make sure they would never be sold at auction. The museum cost about $10 per person with discounts for students, seniors and military. Depending on a visitor's interest it takes a minimum of one hour to tour the museum. Docents do lead individuals and groups through the museum to make insure security of the collection and provide information on the various cars. However, the one I had was not very friendly and provided little supplemental information other than answers to questions I had about the collection. The museum is closed from late May to October.

                                Franklin Auto Company built luxury cars in the early 1900s

                                Love this picture of Q and the car isn't so bad either

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