Go inside the LeMay, America's Car Museum
TACOMA, Wash. - America's Car Museum, or the LeMay, houses hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles. It's a nine-acre behemoth, with a four-story museum show casing rare pieces, and fostering the American love affair with cars.
Over the decades, Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed a private collection that boasts a Guinness Book record, holding more than 3,500 vehicles in the 1990's. Harold LeMay was actually born in Yakima, Washington, grew up in Pierce County, then put down roots in Tacoma.
An avid car fan himself, radio host Art Sanders was given a chance to explore the campus, and came back with vivid tales from his adventures there. Sanders also got the scoop on an exciting new exhibit coming in June.
Most notably was his encounter with a 1955 "job ready," cherry red, Dodge pickup. The 1955 Dodge pickup had many cosmetic, as well as practical upgrades. It was the first pickup to use letters as a way to identify weight hauling capabilities. It also had a pew-style stock seat, surrounded by a sturdy metal frame that most would now consider to be dangerous, especially since it had no seat belts.
The museum is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., 7 days a week. Tickets: Adult - $14, Senior (Age 65)/Student/Military - $12, Youth (Age 5-12) - $8, Child (Under 5) - Free, and of course, Members - Free.