Antique Engine & Tractor Association Celebrates New Permanent Home

| May/June 1986

  • A five acre plot of land

  • A five acre plot of land

Pres. 3711 S. Hampton Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

In the late 1950s a group of engine collectors around the Geneseo, Illinois area had been organized by the Early Day Gas Engine Club, as Branch #2.

In 1965 the Antique Engine And Tractor Association Inc., was chartered as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and display of operating antique farm machinery and related items of interest.

With the annual show being held at different locations over the years, the loss of older members, and the club not attracting younger people as new members, a permanent building and show site was needed to ensure the club's future.

An invitation came to the Antique Engine And Tractor Association, Inc. from the mayor and city fathers of Atkinson, Illinois in the spring of 1980 to help in the sesquicentennial celebration of the town.

Plenty of work was done by members of both organizations to level off a strip mine area, pick up rocks, and seed the site. After the 2 day celebration was over, when the last items had been put away, and the dust had settled, a label of success was put on the event.