National Pike Club Alive and Well

| July/August 1986

The National Pike Steam, Gas and Horse Association is alive and growing. Although not quite 6 years old, the Association, which has increased its membership by over 600, is a dream come true for a few local men. According to Norma Weaver, Secretary of the organization, every time her husband Tom, Bob Livingston, Dean Redd, Lindsey Gillis and Ed Neale would get together the talk would always turn to the existence of a steam show on their own fairgrounds. This conversation continued for many years until the summer of 1980 when they all realized that none of them was getting any younger and if they were to realize their dream, they should do something quickly.

There is nothing like having your own grounds for expansion such as buildings and to be able to house many of the items/machinery thus eliminating costly transportation fees.

They conferred with some of the younger members of the Gillis and Weaver families, who also showed an interest in the project.

After 5 acres on top of a mountain in Washington County was donated by Bob Livingston, and after an after an accessible road up the mountain, built by Dean Redd, the National Pike Steam, Gas and Horse Association was born in November 1980.

During the past 5 years, the organization grew from 20 people standing in the woods to over 600 members, all interested in preserving an early American heritage.

The storage building, a combination office and announcers stand, comfort facilities and 8 acres of cleared parking has been added. Within the last 2 years an entertainment center has been added, a Blacksmith Shop operated by Dave Vincetti, our 'ace' blacksmith, and Bob Livingston donated a '00' Frick Saw Mill, rebuilt and set up permanently on cement foundation and housed under an attractive structure. The saw mill is powered by his 1922 Frick 16 HP Portable engine. This latest addition was set up and constructed by Bob Livingston with the aid of a few members. Also set up permanently on the grounds is a unique Stone Crusher.