The History of E. M. Tucker, Founder of Tucker Sno-Cat® Corporation
The late E. M. Tucker, Sr. of Tucker Sno-Cat® Corporation, was one of 13 children, born in a log cabin on Jump-Off Joe Creek in 1892 near Grants Pass, Oregon. He spent his early boyhood near Trail, Oregon in a stone house built by his father in 1901. The house overlooks a broad stretch of Rogue River and is still a landmark on the Rogue.
During his youth he walked to school through deep snow, and even at this early age he began working on different devices for transportation over snow which eventually lead to the development of the world famed Tucker Sno-Cat® vehicle. In the early twenties Mr. Tucker built several spiral driven machines, but he had very little success with the principle involved. After these experiences, Mr. Tucker realized that unless he could come up with a completely different system, he would never achieve his desire to build a vehicle to travel over deep, soft snow with a minimum amount of mechanical trouble and expense.
Mr. Tucker worked in Los Angeles on models, perfecting the idea of a over-snow transportation. He then moved to Grass Valley, California, where the first production line was established. This successful venture was terminated by a move to Medford, Oregon, determined by Mr. Tucker’s long expressed desire to return to the Rogue River Valley. Mr Tucker spent 50 years in building and improving his snow machines, and his firm is recognized as the oldest successful manufacturer of snow vehicles in the world.
The newest model in production is the Tucker-Terra. It has four all rubber tracks. Some of the uses for the Tucker-Terra in winter and summer are: Snow Grooming, Snow Removal, Search & Rescue, Ambulance, Avalanche Control, Oil & Gas Exploration, Mining, Telecommunication Operations, Personnel & Cargo Carrier, and Agriculture.