1958 Silver Streak Luxury Liner 31
A piece of Hollywood history
Fargo draws you in, we think, and you fall in love with him.
Head. Over. Heels.
You fall in love with his classic 1950s pastel-colored painted aluminum interior. You fall in love with his vintage appliances and bathroom fixtures. And, you fall in love with his amazing Hollywood connections - one degree of separation from the Duke - John Wayne!
Fargo is a 31-foot Luxury Liner, the top of the 1958 model year line from the El Monte, California, based Silver Streak Trailer Company. In ads promoting that year’s models, the company touted all-metal cabinets and “new interior decorating with new interior color scheme.” Oh, we’ll say! Mint-colored living/dining room and kitchen. Pink bathroom. Turquoise-colored rear bedroom. People loved that stuff back in the 50s, but fortunately over the course of the nearly 60 years since the trailer left the factory, the colors have mellowed, and the whole interior just has an awesome patina.
Fargo's got all vintage appliances, finishes, cabinets and hardware, along with a big folder full of original paperwork, including user guides for all of the appliances, warranty registration cards, and even a brochure on how to operate the trailer brakes. There’s a ton of storage and a bunch of original wall-mounted accessories like magazine racks and original light fixtures.
The rear bedroom features two twin beds with a little set of drawers between them, all constructed with warm oak-stained wood. The original light fixtures throw a warm, mellow light over everything. It's just a wonderful place to be.
We are preparing Fargo for full traveling and camping duty for the 2017 season. Once he's done and ready to go, we'll add him to our Outdoorsy page. In the meantime, he may be available for use in film and still creative productions. Contact us for more information.
Fargo's back story
We stumbled across this beautiful 1958 Silver Streak in a small southwestern town known for its cattle and horse culture. The town, Willcox, Arizona, is located about 90 minutes east of Tucson, and was in fact where John Wayne sourced the livestock and horses for many of his westerns.
Well, small towns being what they are, turns out this trailer’s original owner was none other than Fargo Graham, horse, mule, oxen, cattle (and even a onetime dog) wrangler for over 175 Hollywood productions, including most of John Wayne’s films. Graham stayed in the trailer when he was traveling around the southwest working on films. He also bought and sold livestock and horses, including the horse who starred in "Rio Lobo" and who would become John Wayne's all-time favorite horse, Dollar.
As he aged, and as the speed limit on the interstates increased, Graham took the trailer out on the road less and less, eventually selling it to his friend Louis Johnson, who was a partner with the Duke in the 26 Bar Ranch, a 39-mile working purebred Hereford cattle ranch. Johnson died in 2001, and we bought the trailer from his wife, Alice. While we can’t know for sure, we think it’s a pretty good bet that the Duke set foot in this trailer, possibly many times, over the years.
We did a search for Fargo Graham on Google, and much to our surprise, we found a fairly recent entry. He was one of three Arizona junk collectors who appeared in a 2011 episode of the popular American Pickers series on A&E Network's History Channel. It was a bit of an unplanned stop for the show's stars, and Fargo wasn't particularly eager to sell anything from his collection. But they did walk away with a vintage Harley Davidson emblem and a set of leather chaps, and Fargo did get to exercise his lungs as an auctioneer, many decades after the last time that he had officially served as an auctioneer. Fargo sure was an interesting guy. And so is the trailer we named after him.