Allis-Chalmers On A Main Street In McCloud

| February/March 1991

  • 100 HP - Top Speed 87 r.p.m

  • 100 HP - Top Speed 87 r.p.m

P.O. Box 1808, Minden, Nevada 89423.

I thought your readers might be interested in this huge old steamer that we came across in northern California this past summer on our way to the Case Heritage Exposition in Brooks, Oregon.

My wife and I had pulled off the highway at the small sawmill town of McCloud, California, for a rest stop and lunch when I spotted this old beauty on one of the town's main streets.

I knew I had to find out more about this old engine, and after walking around it several times, I saw a small sign stating that the town museum had more complete information on it. So off to the museum we went.

The owners of the McCloud Lumber Mill decided in 1902 to increase the size of the mill and placed an order for this engine with the Allis Chalmers Mfg. Co., at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for an A.C. Corliss design engine. The specifications were as follows:

Ser. #173 - 800 to 1,100 HP - Top Speed 87 r.p.m.