The Only Olmstead Left


| March/April 1984



This picture was taken from a 1912 print

This picture was taken from a 1912 print

Various views of the Olmstead #27

Oscar Cooke, of Billings, Montana, owner of 'Oscar's Dreamland', has the only known Olmstead four-wheel pull tractor known to exista Montana product owned by a Montana collector.

The Olmstead was made and sold by the Olmstead Gas Traction Company which got its start about 1912 at Big Timber and was later moved to Great Falls.

Oscar and his associates are in process of restoring the engine he owns, which is No. 27. He bought it from Frank Scott of Meeteetse, Wyoming.

'Several parts were gone when we got it,' Oscar reports, 'and we made most of them and had the sprockets cast new as Mr. Scott said his grandchildren had tossed the originals into the Burlington River where he could not find them. We also put on all four new chains.'

The engine was first sold to a county for road work, Oscar understands, and then went to a rancher who used it to plow heavy land and perform other general farm work.