Case Engine

| September/October 1994

9374 Roosevelt Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307

In 1892 the J.I. Case T.M. Company delivered a specially built traction engine to the Ringling Brothers in Baraboo, Wisconsin. This engine was later returned to the J.I. Case Company in 1893.

Among the 150-plus cities and towns visited in 1892, nineteen were in Nebraska, with two stops in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

Below is a copy of an article 'Hercules, the Iron Horse,' from the York Independent, Friday, May 20, 1892, and was sent to me by the York County Historical Association, Inc., York, Nebraska.

Hercules, the Iron Horse

A mammoth highway locomotive, that darts hither and thither through the streets, running as easily on the roughest road as the finest passenger engine glides along its tracks of steel, is one of the striking features of the gorgeous street procession that precedes the exhibition of the Ringling Brothers' World's Greatest Shows, which will be seen at York, Friday, June 3rd. This mechanical wonder is utilized to draw one of the many sections of this all-feature street parade which has proven so popular. As it moves, its great steam-pipe organ thunders out ringing melodies that can be heard for miles and miles away, proclaiming to all that the great procession is actually in motion, and that Ringling Day is at last inaugurated. Nothing so impressive as 'Hercules' has ever before been exhibited free upon the streets of any city, and nowhere, save with the Ringling Brothers' circus, can it be seen.


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