Yes, we are here!

In times like these our hobbies become lifesavers. At GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE and FARM COLLECTOR, we have been tracking down the most interesting and rare vintage farm machines and collections for more than 80 years combined! That includes researching and sourcing the best books on collectibles available anywhere. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-888-9098 or by email. Stay safe!

Summer Trip Out West

| April/May 1998

  • Mark with sons Dominic
    Mark with sons Dominic and Kyle at Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska.
  • At Oscar's Dreamland in Billings
    At Oscar's Dreamland in Billings, Montana.

  • Mark with sons Dominic
  • At Oscar's Dreamland in Billings

172 N. Cascade Drive, Springville, New York 14141

This is a short story of the trip I took last summer with my family my wife Mary and our sons Dominic, 9, and Kyle, 6.

Our first stop was at the Henry Ford Museum where we saw steam traction engines, many of which are rare and I had never seen before. There were gas tractors, gas engines, farming machinery and all sorts of early American historical items on display. We also toured the Greenfield Village that consists of many historic early American buildings. We rode the steam train which circles the village and we had a busy fun-filled day.

Our next stop was in South Dakota where we toured the Corn Palace that's decorated with real corn; the Badlands; Wall Drug, which is a tourist town; Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills; and then to Devil's Tower, in Wyoming.

From there we traveled to Billings. Mary kept asking why we were going to Billings and I kept telling her, 'Just so you can say you've been there.' When we got to Billings and stopped at the Travelers Information, Mary saw the brochure for Oscar's Dreamland, she looked at me and asked, 'This is why we came here?' All I could do was smile.

At Oscar's Dreamland, we saw all the treasures that Oscar Cooke, who passed away in 1995, had collected. Over 400 rare tractors and many various types of early farming machinery. Oscar's son-in-law told me that the museum is for sale and the collection may have to be auctioned off. This is certainly the best antique farm equipment collection in the world. It's a real treat.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Facebook YouTube


click me