The Colonel Alvin Lubker Memorial Safety and Educational Center

 

Otto the talking car.

July 23, 2017

The Safety and Educational Center, free to all, was  a delightful  and interesting hour spent in Jefferson City, Missouri and home of Otto, the talking car.  Otto is a replica of  a 1931 Model A Ford Roadster, outfitted in 1969, with a giant cartoon State Trooper head.   36 Model A Ford Roadsters were assigned  to the State Highway Patrol in 1931 at a cost of $431.00 each.   Every vehicle  had 2 horns, a spotlight, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and a lighted “PATROL” sign.  There were no sirens or heat and the Troopers were told to drive with the top down, weather permitting.

1942  Chevrolets, assigned to the Troopers were  the first to have “State Patrol “printed on the sides.   At that time, the US was in the midst of  WWII and few cars were being built.

Thus the Patrol cars were driven in excess of 100,000 miles and no parts were available for repairs.

 

Vintage Highway Patrol dispatch and communication command center.

Cattle rustling is  still  a crime and still active today.

The museum also has  informational  displays regarding traffic and train safety, drinking and driving, the self destructive use drug abuse,  a few Bonnie and Clyde artifacts, a memorial wall  of the 31 troopers who died in the line of duty since 1931 when  the Mo State Highway Patrol was founded  and much more.  I highly recommend stopping by this museum if you are in the area.

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