Heading out west to the 52nd Annual Tri-State
Antique Engine and Thresher Show in Bird City, Kan., one of the
girls from our advertising department noticed some old gas engines
sitting just off Interstate 70 on the north side of the road.
Having already passed the scene, I quickly flipped a U-turn and
headed back to the Russell, Kan., exit.
Back behind a truck stop sat a small building and some old
machinery scattered around the area, all fenced in. In front of the
building stands a statue of a man with a sign on a limestone post:
“Oil Patch Russell, June 3, 1983. In gratitude to the pioneer men
and women of the oil industry who made this museum possible.”
As I approached the engines, I noticed signs on all but one of
them giving a description of each one. Below are some photos and
The Russell County Historical Society can be contacted at: Box
243, Russell, KS 67665; (785) 483-3637;