EDGE TA Branch 18 Parish Museum Working Together

| February/March 1994

43138 Road 52 Reedley, California 93654

Engine people throughout California, as well as up and down the West Coast, know a man by the name of Charlie Parishhe's a living legend to day among folks throughout Engineland.

Charlie is a successful, energetic businessman with a heart of gold. He lives with his wife Sandi on the outskirts of Merced, California, where they have a large acreage filled with old engines and related machinery.

During the past years he has fulfilled his dream of building up a new museum and frontier village dedicated to the folks who love old engines and California history, and so far has been very successful. His museum is located on Highway 140, which is a direct route from the San Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park, a route that is filled with tourists all year long. His recent addition is an old time black smith shop, which certainly has added attraction to his frontier village, while at the same time his museum is being filled with numerous old time engines and early day relics.

Charlie was also instrumental in organizing EDGE&TA Branch 18 several years ago, and has served as its president. Plans are on the drawing board, and his mind is set out into the future when in 1998 Charlie and his active Branch 18 members plan to host the National EDGE&TA show here in Merced. Just recently he offered his facilities (museum and showgrounds) to host the first annual Branch 18 fall shows which I shall describe:

The first of Branch 18's annual fall shows was held on the weekends of October 9th and 10th and the 16th and 17th. Even though there were predictions of rain, and it rained all around us, God smiled on us and we had excellent weather for all the shows.