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 William Peter Bettendorf

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William Peter Bettendorf

Inventor, Businessman. As president and co-founder of Bettendorf Axle Company, he invented the Bettendorf Truck, which revolutionized the railroad industry. Before that time, railroad trucks had been made from many smaller pieces. The Bettendorf Truck was cast from one piece of steel. The city of Bettendorf, Iowa is named for him and his brother, Joseph.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7647810
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Peter Bettendorf (1 Jul 1857–3 Jun 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7647810, citing Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .