Show Time at Antique Power land

Celebrating 100 Years of Machines

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525 Sunrise Place, NW, Sublimity, Oregon 97385

It was March of 1998 that adherents at the Antique Power land Museum, located near Salem, Oregon, decided that a new century provided a 'once in a lifetime' chance to hold a special heritage celebration. The legacy of power machines dates back to the 18th Century with the introduction of steam motivation followed by the internal combustion engine. Innovation led to the introduction of apparatus and implements for harnessing that power to assist with such daily tasks as farming, logging, fabrication and manufacturing.

Antique Power land is all about those early machines and implements, their design, history and use, and the people behind them. These collections provide the ready-made opportunity for 'Celebrating 100 Years of Machines, 'theme of this year's 30th Great Oregon Steam-Up. The Steam-Up will take place the two weekends of July 29th, 30th and August 5th, 6th.

Fourteen different heritage restoration and preservation groups function at Power land, each dedicated to different categories of machines. Represented are steam, early gas engines, tractors, crawlers, farm implements, construction, logging and sawing, black smithing, flour milling, trucks, rail and trolleys represented and demonstrated both full size and in model exhibits.

The show is held at the 63 acre Power land heritage site with free parking being provided. Demonstrations include: threshing, baling, plowing (both tractors and horses), blacksmithing, logging and steam driven saw milling, wheelwright fabrication, antique engine and tractor operation, steam traction engines and stationary engine operations, spinning and weaving fire service apparatus demonstrations, culminating in a daily giant parade!

Saturday, July 29th will be Cater pillar Day. The Caterpillar Company, an American institution, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. In recognition, Power land's Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum will host a one-day salute to the 'Cat.' Plans include special demonstrations and a Cat-Only Parade.

Sunday, July 30th will feature farming, logging and sawing. These two economic drivers dominated the area's productivity for many years. Operating 'donkey' steam engines will be displayed as will scaled operational logging and a planned presentation on early logging in the forest. Spinning and weaving will be demonstrated as well.

Saturday, August 5th will highlight transportation, trades and services. Special emphasis will be directed to blacksmithing, fire service, construction and electrification.

Sunday, August 6th, will be the culmination of this four-day spectacle with a focus on early period 'Great Machines at Work' including both steam and gasoline. The day will focus on how the large machines operated and were used.

Bring your RV and stay at Power land for the duration, including the intervening week. Two weekday events are planned out of the Salem area on Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, for the enjoyment of those staying over. Tuesday there will be a visit to Alan and Marcella Schurman's 'Iron Ranch,' near Battleground, Washington. Iron Ranch is a heritage site, not unlike Power land, with lots to do and see. Wednesday, the Oregon Fire Service has arranged a field trip to the Port land area to include a fire museum visit, a fireboat demonstration and tour of the vintage steam tug, 'Port land.' Arrangements can be made as late as at time of arrival to participate in these activities.

Antique Power land Museum is easy to find. Take 1-5 to the Brooks, Oregon exit #263, which is eight miles north of Salem. Upon exiting, turn west mile for the entrance to the site which is well marked. For more information, contact me at the above address, or call (503) 767-2400; (503) 767-2413 or e-mail Visit our website at For things to do in the area and accommodations, see the Salem Convention and Visitor's Association website at