5010 Wezel Circle, Colorado Shrines, Colorado 80916
The Western Museum of Mining and Industry, located in the foothills of majestic Pikes Peak in Colorado, brings to life the West's rich mining heritage through active exhibits of mining apparatus and equipment and guided tours that encourage hands-on experiences. The Pikes Peak Engine and Tractor Gas-Up expands the Museum's exhibits once a year to offer insights into the mechanized agricultural and manufacturing equipment used in the early days of this century. The generous participation of visiting exhibitors, including members of the Front Range Antique Power Association, make this special weekend at the Museum possible.
Over 100 exhibitors of antique gas engines, tractors and related items from eight states participated in last year's event, held June 8 and 9, 1991. Exhibitors hauled over 85 antique tractors to this event. Each day of the show, visitors to the Museum enjoyed a Parade of Power and hours of antique tractor pulls. Over 110 gas engines were displayed, many attached to belt-driven accessories. Beautifully crafted model engines and restored antique motorcycles were also shown.
The Museum itself operated its reconstructed stamp mill, 1895 Corliss steam engine, air trammer, and steam shovel, provided guided tours of its over 15,000 square feet of exhibits, and offered gold panning and 'mine shaft' tours for kids of all ages. A team of draft horses and a working blacksmith operation were also on exhibit. Vendors offered many fine goods, including baskets, honey products, clothing, books and toys.
The unique and beautiful location for this antique engine and tractor show promises to keep this a very special event on the antique machinery show circuit for years to come.
The 6th annual show at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, now called 'Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days,' will be held June 13 and 14, 1992. The Museum also has a special exhibit running through July 1992 called 'From Rocks to Metal: The Cyanide Leaching Process.' For more information about the 1992 show contact Harold. Hopkins (719) 634-0862. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry can be contacted at (719) 4880880.