Continuing on to the train depot, the men then rested and looked forward to a swim at Lake Roosevelt down the road. Col. Glenn emerged from the telegraph office at the depot to announce that he had just received orders for them to return to Douglas immediately and prepare to entrain to Yuma . They had no choice but to turn around and re-cross the river and head back to Douglas . They expected to reach Tucson by eight that evening where they would camp and start for Douglas the next morning.
The second battalion of the 18th camped in Florence a few days later on their way back from Roosevelt . They crossed the river under their own power without the help of teams or men pulling. The Arizona Blade Tribune further stated “The test was extraordinary and the trucks seemed to be giving satisfaction thus far”. The Gila River Bridge was eventually replaced.
Velie motor company was started by Willard Velie, a grandson of John Deere. The company started in Moline IL and the company was quite successful in creating a high quality low priced car from 1908 to 1928. The trucks were an outgrowth of the car line and eventually during World War I Velie also produced a military airplane utilizing the best features of the automobile for aircraft.