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Woodinville Museum features colorful ‘toe’ truck owner

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Woodinville Heritage Museum will feature longtime resident Ed Lincoln describing his towing company with its iconic pink toe truck during a presentation at the museum  on Saturday, May 19. The 10 a.m. program is open to the public.

The museum is housed in the DeYoung House at 14121 NE 171st St., Woodinville.

Lincoln will recount the colorful career described in his 2011 book, “Life through the Rearview Mirror.”  His tale begins with picking holly as a 6 year old and selling holly wreaths in his Ballard neighborhood.

Years later, he operated Lincoln Towing Co. in Seattle. Lincoln devised the symbolic pink toe truck in 1980 by building it from scratch over the base of a Volkswagen van using fiberglass and chicken wire.

The truck appeared in many Seattle-area parades and later stood at the base of the Mercer exit off I-5. After Lincoln sold his business, the pink toe was donated to the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle and will become part of MOHAI’s display of business icons.

Lincoln also founded the Wild West Mustang Ranch in 1981, a source of Mustang auto parts for vehicle owners, once located north of Woodinville near the current Costco store.

Ed and Connie Lincoln moved to the Kingsgate neighborhood in the 1960s and then to the Hollywood Hill neighborhood of Woodinville in 1972, where they still reside.

More information: Suzi Freeman, 483-9250

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