Brooks by the Numbers at the Great Oregon Steam-Up

Dozens of diversions at Great Oregon Steam-Up


| July 2012



4 HP Golden Gate

Dan Thompson, Winnemucca, Nev., is the third owner of this 1893 4 hp Golden Gate engine manufactured by Adam Schilling & Sons, San Francisco.

The Great Oregon Steam-Up hosted by the Antique Powerland Museum Assn. offers a stunning array of attractions in a unique setting. Composed of 15 independent organizations, the association celebrates a huge variety of early machinery, vehicles and equipment.

Each partner organization has its own area at the museum complex. Most have erected self-funded and -maintained museums that are operated independently. All work toward a shared goal: preservation of the past. The result is a small army of volunteers — 700, including exhibitors — fueled by a high-octane blend of enthusiasm and energy. APMA is justifiably proud of the fact that the entire complex is maintained — everything from mowing to painting to construction — almost entirely by volunteer labor.

The Steam-Up spans two consecutive weekends. Among the highlights: premiere display of vintage Caterpillar equipment at the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum; threshing, baling and binding demonstrations; displays of antique tractors, steam engines, gas engines and implements; vintage truck museum; military antique display; sawmill; blacksmith; street car, car and motorcycle museums; scale-model railroading; 1930s Texaco station; chainsaw carvers and logging equipment. FC 

For more information: Grounds open for general visitation March 1-Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. $5 admission to enter the grounds; individual museums (which may or may not be open) may charge an additional admission fee. 

Great Oregon Steam-Up, July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5, 2012: operating equipment, parades, demonstrations, historic trolley and miniature railroad, tractor pulls, sawmill and flea market. 

Antique Powerland Museum Assn., 3995 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR 97303; (503) 393-2424; email: office@antiquepowerland.com.