ANTIQUE FARM SHOW OSCAR'S DREAMLAND


| May/June 1982

  • Mount Aqua oil rig

  • Engine

  • 1915 Rumely

  • 1906 150 HP
    Best 1906 150 HP, with world's largest revolving clock in background. The clock weighs 1.5 tons complete.
  • 40-80 Avery
    40-80 Avery. Oscar used 1032 feet of '' tubing to build a new radiator.
  • Young lady from local TV station
    Oscar himself being interviewed by a nice young lady from the local TV station.
  • Minneapolis 25-75 straw burner
    Minneapolis 25-75 straw burner, about 1912.
  • Minneapolis 35-70
    Minneapolis 35-70 a real good powerful engine.
  • Gaar-Scott

  • Church

  • Frick 25 HP
    Frick 25 HP purchased in Ohioa really nice double simple engine.

  • Mount Aqua oil rig
  • Engine
  • 1915 Rumely
  • 1906 150 HP
  • 40-80 Avery
  • Young lady from local TV station
  • Minneapolis 25-75 straw burner
  • Minneapolis 35-70
  • Gaar-Scott
  • Church
  • Frick 25 HP

Starting the parade. Mount Aqua oil rig in background. They drilled for oil in early teens and hit hot health waterquite a health center was built. After the Montana earthquake, the water failed and so did the resort.

Oscar O. Cooke, the man who started and runs Oscar's Dreamland at Billings, Montana, is a man of superlatives, and a visit to his show is an unforgettable event.

Oscar is one of the most active men over 80 we have ever seen. When he operates his 1906 Best steam traction engine, standing at the controls 15 or more feet above the ground, he is an artist at work. He handles it as if it were a choice riding horse.

When we visited Oscar's Dreamland in 1981, the first hint we got as we approached his grounds was the sight of three small gliders rising and dipping above a lot of steam and smoke.



That was only the beginning. Once we were inside the gate, roaming the multi-acre field, we were surrounded by Oscar's collection, which he calls the biggest private collection of farm artifacts in the world.

Oscar was being interviewed for TV when we first found him. Later we talked to him in the cook shack, a real vehicle from olden days in which he was eating a speedy lunch.



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