The History of American Food Trucks
History of the Mobile Food Industry 1872- 1917
1872 – The first diner is setup in a horse-drawn freight wagon.
1894 - Sausage vendors sell their wares outside the student dorms at major eastern universities (Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell), and their carts became known as “dog wagons”.
1917 – The US Army mobile canteens (field kitchens) begin to feed the troops.