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Walker Power Truck history by Rob Knaus
April 12 2011 I interviewed Mr. Kenton Kimble of Casper WY. He has personal knowledge of my Walker Truck , (the Clown Wagon) Mr. Kimble states that both he and his father-in-law (I did not ask name) worked at the Texaco refinery in Casper WY. His father was a foreman in the maintenance department at the refinery. Kenton was a skilled laborer. The maintenance department kept the refinery operating and ensured that the many pumps, valves, and electrical motors operated 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The foremen used the walker trucks to travel around the different refining units of the refinery. If the operators got a meter reading of irregular performance the foremen were dispatched to the site of the warning. Those foremen used the walker trucks to quickly access the point of concern. The Walker truck was ideal due to their mobility and ability to maneuver in tight spaces. Plus they could carry a passenger and tools. Mr. Kimble states that in 1982 Texaco announced their intention to close the Casper Texaco refinery because it was too expensive to refurbish and meet environmental requirements. Kenton Kimble states he left the Texaco refinery and went to work at Glenrock Coal. This is an open pit coal mine that supplies coal to the Dave Johnson power plant. His father-in-law continued to work at the refinery and worked there until in closed. While working at Glenrock Coal he met the late Mr. Bill Thompson. Bill Thompson was brother in-law to Rob Knaus and son-in-law to Joe Dunmire (Papa Joe). Kenton Kimble and Bill Thompson also an employee of Glenrock Coal in the maintenance division in the locomotive department had conversations while car pooling, Bill disclosed that he and his father in-law are members of the Calliope unit (Clowns) Casper shrine club. They were looking for ideas for a parade vehicle for clowns. At that time Kenton carries this idea home. His father in-law suggested that the Texaco refinery has four walker trucks that need to go away because the refinery was closing and if no home was found they would be dumped. Bill Thompson and Joe Dunmire secured two walker trucks for the price of hauling them away. Bill Thompson, being a very talented mechanic and machinist proceed to restore the one Walker in the best shape. The restoration consisted of replacing lights, a new paint job , (the truck was orange when picked up at the refinery) and upholstery work. The Walker was still in operation condition. The other is still in need of restoration. The Walker Truck was passed on to Rob Knaus in 2006 due to Joe Dunmire’s failing health. Rob Knaus continues to use and maintain the Walker Truck. Parading with his wife Jolene dressed as two clowns that borrowed Raggedy Anne’s and Raggedy Andy’s clothes. The walker truck is a hit with young and old while spinning and weaving its merry way through a parade. During the annual Christmas parade in Casper WY the walker is decorated with lights.

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Robert Knaus and his Walker Power Truck

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Another view showing the nice paint job on the front

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Walker Truck on travel trailer, background sister Shrine clown parade unit 1900 National Calliope organ.

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Walker Truck, 1938 Cadillac limo, 1900 National Calliope.

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Rob and Walker truck, Real clowns can wear pink !

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Strike up the band with some circus music.

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Grandson, Eddie warming up the Calliope

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Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo parade, Casper WY.

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Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo parade, Casper WY.

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Rudolph leads the way mounted on the front of the Walker Truck in the Christmas parade Casper WY .

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Rudolph's sleigh on each side of box plus bench for the riders.

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Parade passengers left to right Grandsons Cristopf and Eddie, daughter Kristen, Rob and Jolene in white face.

Getting ready for Christmas parade 2011

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We had all four of our exceptional grandchildren here for a Thanksgiving Holiday and they wanted to ride on the Walker truck in the Christmas parade. I had to build a child safe way to ride all four plus I changed the light decorations this year to use all LED light for my small poser inverter. I built a slide in platform with safety rails and then mounted the camp chairs to the platform. We all had a wonderful time and won a first place prize. Jolene wants me to repace my 400 watt inverter with one big enough to power an electric blanket for her to cover up with in the parade.
(Above information from Rob Knaus )

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Robert Knaus and his family ready for the Santa Claus Parade Casper WY
Jolene,   Katelyn,   Carter,   Eddie,   Cristopf   and   Rob   November 26 2011

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Rob and Jolene Knaus with their Walker Power Truck

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Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Parade in Casper Wyoming July 8, 2014.

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