Model Tire has been dealing in rubber on the corner of 12th Street and Main Avenue practically since tires were a new invention. Before Model Tire, it was Foleys Tire. Before Foleys, folks utilized large mammals for transportation. In 1925, Foleys was bought by Pete Bukovec, who worked in the shop since the early days. It has been in the family ever since. The current owners, Richard and Edith Bukovec, still use much of the original equipment. Not a whole lot has changed, except for the tires. Heres a glimpse of Durangos oldest continually run business.

Jesse Cowan brushes down a rim before throwing on winter-worthy
rubber. Neatly organized screwdrivers, tools of the trade that have been
there since day one. Cowan patches a tire held in place by the jaws of a 100-year-old
Manly Tire Spreader. Nathan Moran throws on some heavy winter tread. A museum-like display of original tools. Owner, Edith Bukovec gets a little office work done.


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