Retired Thruston-Philpot fire truck converted into traveling pizza restaurant in Montana

  • Source: The Owensboro Times
  • Published: 08/23/2021 12:00 AM

PHOTO: Donnie Speer owns and operates The Big Hole Pizza Company in Wise River, Montana. What started as a creative dream a couple years ago led him to purchasing a retired fire truck with roots in Daviess County — nearly 1,800 miles away. The fire truck, which still reads “Thruston-Philpot Fire Department,” dates back to 1978. “Originally, a man bought it from someone at that station (in Daviess County), put a new set of tires on it and drove it out here,” Speer said. “He was going to start a volunteer fire department in his town, but he passed away and the truck just sat in a yard for 15 years rotting out.” When Speer had the idea of starting a business a couple years ago, he began to look for the perfect opportunity to offer customers a unique place to gather. “I had built a pizza oven the winter before and was trying to think where to put it,” Speer said.


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