Miniature Land


1987 Miniature land show

Seventeen of the twenty-seven exhibitors attending 1987 Miniature land show.

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317 W. Locust St., St. Peter, MN 56082

Miniature Land show is a part of the Le Sueur County Pioneer Show. GEM ran a story in the August 1987 issue about our show, which I would like to continue .

The building in the 1987 issue of GEM has a new lean-to addition, 12 feet wide by 24 feet long, just for Miniature gas engines and would you believe we had 150 plus miniature gas engines that all were operational and one of those was the match box engine (2' fly wheel) which was built by Carl Vogt of Madison, WI. See picture in the Sept. issue of GEM.

Our new lean-to addition is called 'Miniature Gasoline Alley'.

Inside the 'Miniature Land building we had 65 miniature steam engines of all types operating on compressed air. John Paul Barklow bought a new 5 HP commercial air compressor for this and it handled all 65 engines.

Our third building rebuilt last year from an old grainery is called 'Miniature World'. It housed a miniature working model saw mill. About 30 miniature sewing machines, a childs working model of the 'Spirit of St. Louis', Charles Lindbergs famous airplane. Another new addition was an antique model printing press with a 12' round inking plate. It was printing one dollar pioneer bills. Operated by Robert Thomas, a retired printer. The printing press is owned by John O. Barklow.

Also in the Miniature World building are many farm scene buildings in miniature. 1/16th scale model tractors and farm machinery, also a scale model of a miniature grain elevator using peanuts as ear corn.

In the miniature land building there is a display of miniature trains circling the complete building above the doors. Two tracks and two trains, one going each direction.

There is also a sales mans sample of a working machine shop with 6 machines, operated by a line shaft, powered by a steam engine and steam boiler operated also on compressed air. The total machine shop is 12' wide and 36' long, enclosed in plexi-glass with a cedar shingled roof that has 999 shingles.

I'd like to invite all GEM people and anyone else world-wide to come to our 1988 Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show, August 26th, 27th, and 28th of 1988.