The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association 20th Anniversary Show

| June/July 1996

1206 S. Pine Street Janesville, Wisconsin 53546

It seems like only a few months back, but in reality it was in the fall of 1974 when a half-dozen of us met together in my classroom in the Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary School in Escanaba, Michigan, to make plans to form the U.P. [Upper Peninsula] Steam and Gas Engine Association and to prepare for our first show.

How could we succeed? We were so few in number. We had little equipment. Our sawmill was a rusty pile of iron. We even had to borrow $1000 to finance the first show. But, we had a dream!

We had a dream of having our own museum, old time village, sawmill, and more, all on the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. More than that, we had a dream that people would come to exhibit their equipment from far away, as well as locally. People would come to enjoy our hospitality by the thousands, from as far away as Florida and California.

Those of you who could make it to the 20th anniversary show know that many of our dreams have been full filled. The steam powered sawmill runs smoothly under its protective shed. A cut-off saw, shingle mill and rock crusher have been added.

The old time village with its black smith shop and stores intrigue young and old alike. The museum featuring its Corliss steam engine and the Association's 15 HP Badger side shaft engine provide a look at the past which the younger generation might never other wise see. And of course, there was lots of good food available.