| November/December 1986

This is the story of a Case steam traction engine which was taken into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness of Montana in 1909 and has remained there ever since, a venerable monument to times long gone by.

It originally powered a sawmill operated by the late Walter Scott. Now it is a part of mountain legend, visited by those who know about it, who ride horseback over ancient trails just to look at it and talk about its history.

We of Stemgas heard about it several years ago while talking with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mackay, at their ranch at Roscoe, near Red Lodge. Mary Ann, their daughter-in-law, wife of Bill Mackay, Jr., said she'd forward some photos and information on the engine.

She sent us a tape made by a neighbor, Patricia George, wife of Arnold George, of an oral history interview with Scott, whom some people called 'Sir Walter'. We transcribed it and present most of it herewith.

'Everyone knew the engine was there, ' Mary Ann says. 'Old timers told the story. But second growth timber had covered the old trails, so that you couldn't ride in on horseback. Arnold George runs a hunting camp in the fall, and he found the engine. He rode out of the camp in the snow; that was an easier time to do it because the snow lay on the bushes and the way was more open. He took us up the next year, and now we visit the engine about once every other year.'

In the tape is reference to a fire. This was the 'big fire' of long ago which burned all the timber between Red Lodge and Livingston.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265