A Boost for the Shows


| November/December 1984



Sawmill

Sawmill in operation at Southwestern Gas & Steam Museum.

Steam and gas shows received a big boost from American Way, passenger magazine of American Airlines, which featured an article by James C. Simmons on the Southwestern Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, California.

The article appeared in the July 1984 issue with a lot of pictures. It also told readers of the Stem gas show directory, which we deeply appreciate.

Bill May, who is the man to contact for information about the museum and its shows, sent IMA copies of the magazine, and photos of steam which appear with this article. He was very happy for the coverage, and he should be. The story was very well done.

Southwestern has the biggest California collection of antique farm machinery and steam engines, the article notes. It continues:

'Located on 35 acres of land that are planted each year for harvesting operations, the museum is home to more than 300 pieces of horse-drawn, steam, and gas equipment plus a country kitchen and parlor. Twice a year, in June and October, local farmers and their families get together for a four-day celebration of a life style that once prevailed on the American farm. The antique machinery, carefully restored by volunteers, is brought out and demonstrated. The old machines do their work, as they did 50 years or more ago, threshing wheat, baling hay, shelling and grinding corn, sawing logs, and performing countless other odd jobs.'

That description of what takes place at the Southwestern museum applies to countless other rallies, shows and threshers that are listed in the annual Stem gas directory. The article says further: