Rise of the Machines: How the First Food Truck Came to Be

Food has always been a profitable enterprise. People need to eat and so they will always flock to vendors hawking food. However, that’s where the profit ends and business begins; you can’t always expect people to flock to YOUR food business if you don’t do things to innovate and offer something new.

People will always find something to attract them to your business. That’s how the first food trucks came to be; coming from the search for something new. Here’s a look at the early beginnings of food trucks.

No motors yet


The first food truck of modern times was founded 2008 in Los Angeles. However, there were already similar businesses that survived even before that; food wagons existed all those years ago (130 to be exact) that sold food. It was started by a man named Walter Scott who found his first market—the workers of a local Providence newspaper.

Another claimant

That’s just one side of the story; like many inventors, there will always be someone else claiming to be the first. Another story tells of Charles Goodnight, a Texan who claims to have started the ‘food truck’ concept, using his chuck wagon as a mobile food store. His store catered to Western cattle herders in the days of the Old West.

Push carts makes their case heard

They might be a little too small to be considered as ‘trucks,’ but push carts have been around since time immemorial—during the 1600s, to be exact. The New York colony had just received an influx of immigrants and times were hard. A few enterprising locals decided to make extra money by selling food out of push carts being peddled along the beaten path.

From small to big

Today’s modern food trucks range from small ones to big sizes, but they all are competing for a prime chunk of the public’s consciousness. To that end, some of them took to making interesting gimmicks; some food trucks have catered to create dessert masterpieces while others seem to have gourmet offerings catering to the common people.

The future of food trucks

The world became smaller because of the Internet. While food trucks will never run out of business because people will always need to eat, they also need to constantly reinvent themselves. The presence of social media as well as exposure to the world will play a big part in their continued survival.