Gas Engine Magazine

Miniature Land

By Staff

SHOW NEWS

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.

  • Published on Jun 1, 1988
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