- It was commonly called a Depot Hack.
- It was designed to transport people from a train depot.
- It was a forerunner to the Station Wagon.
- IT was used at Bill Harrah’s wilderness refuge, Middle Fork Lodge, in Idaho (note the initials on door, MFL).
Until the late 1920s, Chevrolet manufactured only the chassis of its commercial or service-type vehicles. It was generally up to the dealer or buyer to supply a body. One of the companies that made commercial bodies for Chevrolets was the Martin-Parry Corporation in York, Pennsylvania. A popular body style was the “Depot Hack.”
The Depot Hack was created to transport people from train depots, which were generally on the outskirts of a town or city, to a hotel or resort. They could carry several people and their luggage. In the event of bad weather, side curtains could be rolled down for protection. As train depots came to be called train stations, the Depot Hack evolved into the “station wagon,” which was produced more for family use rather than commercial.
The initials on the front door, MFL, stand for Middle Fork Lodge, Bill Harrah’s wilderness refuge on the Salmon River in Idaho, where the vehicle was used.