Owners of old steam engines, and some people only interested in them, met in the Community Building at Mocksville January 13 to organize. They selected the name 'North Carolina Steam Historical Association'.
Bob Powell, owner of three of the iron giants, who lives in Mocksville, was elected President.
The organization is to be nonprofit, and its purpose will be to promote fellowship among the people interested in perpetuating the memory of the steam engine and to arrange for annual shows of the puffing monsters.
It is hoped that the first show in North Carolina can be arranged for the coming Summer.
Powell announced that, according to his best information, there are at least 62 steam engines in the state that have wheels. Some pull themselves along, and others, called 'portables', were made to be pulled along by horses or mules. There are other engines that are stationary, but Powell did not have any figures on them.
Many stationary engines are still in use in factories and a few in saw mills over the state.