Style & Culture
Tue Dec 17 2013 19:01:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
For 31 inventive years Eliason and Eliason/Four Wheel Drive (FWD) snowmobiles were the lone lifeline of snowmobiling. Modern snowmobiles are directly traceable to the original hand built 1924 Carl Eliason machine.
Click To View Carl Eliason Of Sayner, WisconsinToday, at Sayner, Wisconsin, the Vilas County Historical Society Museum has on display the original snowmobile that took two winters for Carl to create. The museum also displays one of every "Motor Toboggan" model built by Eliason/FWD. The newest is the 1953 vintage Eliason/FWD K-12 model built at Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Ahead of it's time, the K-12 was the snowmobile that gave Polaris Industries at Roseau, Minnesota design principles to consider as they began snowmobile manufacture in 1955.