Monfort: A Look Back

Monfort of Colorado got into the cattle feeding business in the 1930s.  For most of the century, its colorful Kenworth trucks could be seen all over the United States.  A dedicated Kenworth customer, Monfort trucks would average 300,000 miles a year, making their distinctive truck and trailer combinations a common site.  Based out of Greeley, Monfort of Colorado went on to be a legend in the trucking industry.

As one of the largest beef producers in the country, with a sizable fleet, Monfort commissioned Jack Tonkin to make a high quality scale model replica that accurately reflected the graphics they were so proud of.  Cast in 1:53 scale, the Monfort truck helped set the tone for what would later transition into Tonkin Replicas Signature Series.   

For more pictures of the real trucks, visit David Faust’s online photo collection on Hank’s Truck Pictures.

The scale model truck photographed here is from the collection of Jay Libby who operates an independent scale model truck shop called the Toy Truck Stop.  You can contact Jay via e-mail. Jay has been collecting Tonkin die-cast models for years and has built up a great collection of trucks both past and present.

Some information for this story was collected from Edward Miller’s article in the American Truck Historical Society’s magazine Wheels of Time.  If you are interested in historical trucks the ATHS is a great association to be a part of.  Visit www.aths.org for more information.

For additional information on Monfort of Colorado, visit the Monfort School of Business website.