Charlie Parrish Establishes an Agricultural Museum

| April/May 1993

  • Agricultural Museum

  • Agricultural Museum

43138 Road 52, Reedley, California 93654

A new museum is being established in order to preserve agricultural equipment of the past.

People who are interested in antique engines and related equipment will find this new museum in Merced, California, very interesting.

Charlie Parrish, a successful Merced businessman and a member of several EDGE&TA Branches, started to collect old engines in 1984 and today has about 150 to his name. Charlie had a dream years ago of establishing his own museum and today it is here for all of us to enjoy. Charlie reached deep into his pocketbook and built a modern 60,000 square foot building on his three acre parcel which he allotted for this purpose, just east of Merced on Highway 140a direct route from the San Joaquin Valley to the 1849'er Mother Lode Gold Rush country. He wanted to preserve his old engines for the public to see in action and for educational purposes, and says he has only begun to expand his enterprise. He plans to continue building a complete complex of turn-of-the-century buildings and has already laid the foundation for his blacksmith shop. His collection of engines ranges from a one-fourth horsepower to a 120 horsepower monster, and he travels far and wide just to find them. Among his favorite scouting places are the old abandoned silver mines in the desert country of Nevada.

Charlie is willing to share his museum with other clubs, and expects to have two shows here each year, or will offer the museum for workshop purposes. He is full of ambition and has a pocketful of dreams which he is determined to carry out.

He extended an open house invitation to all his engine friends and local folks last November. His guests' registry shows visitors from all parts of the USA, as well as Canada, Japan and Australia.