1988 Show Report: Coolspring Power Museum

| May/June 1989

30 HP Crossley sideshaft

30 HP Crossley sideshaft.

Special Projects and Funding Coordinator Coolspring Power Museum R.D. 1, Box 199A , Monkey Wrench Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601

This past summer was the third operating season for the Coolspring Power Museum, one of this country's largest permanent collections of historically significant internal combustion engines. This year, as in previous years, two shows were held on museum grounds. Our Summer three-day show, always held on the third full weekend in June and a popular event for the last 12 years, was our largest ever. Our fall closing show, held on the third full weekend in October for the last ten years, was also well attended.

The Summer show, sponsored and managed each year by the Coolspring Hit and Miss Engine Society, was a huge success. This year's show attracted an estimated 5,000 people and featured added museum displays, 161 guest exhibitors, 55 flea market vendors selling everything from spark plug terminals to an eight-ton TD-9 dozer, and new equipment displays including Caterpillar, John Deere and Kubota machinery, White and Navistar trucks, an operating Breeze-wood band-type sawmill display, and Timberjack log skidders. An excellent food concession provided by the Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Department included several battalions of deliciously barbecued chickens and nearly endless quantities of creamy, homemade ice cream made with the help of a 1? HP New Holland engine. Other show attractions included an old-fashioned farm tractor pull, a children's pedal tractor pull, and live music on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Of course, everyone that attended this year's summer show will agree that the main attraction was the extensive and diverse exhibit of vintage internal combustion engines. The museum exhibits include approximately 250 engines ranging from a small and very rare flame ignition Crown pumping engine to two 100-year-old slide valve Crossley-Ottos. Also of note are a twin cylinder 125 HP Klein and a 150 HP four cylinder Turner-Fricke. For those enthusiasts who haven't yet attended one of our shows, the museum exhibits are housed in nine buildings.

The machine shop houses many examples of early machine tools and a number of gas engines typically used to power them.

The engine house is the home for many engines designed for petroleum production and agricultural use, including a rare Harvard-Stickney, three Kleins, a 6 HP Mietz and Weiss, and a very old Van Duzen.