Seventeenth Annual Upper Peninsula Steam and Gas Engine Show, 1992

| May/June 1993

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613 Hawthorne Street Centralia, Missouri 65240-1711

The fresh, cool air of Michigan's Upper Peninsula was pungent with the odor of smoke as engineers built up steam for the beginning of the 17th annual show of the U. P. Steam and Gas Engine Association, September 5, 6, & 7 at the U. P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Michigan.

While the four huge steam traction engines caught the eye of those driving by on U.S. 2-41, there were many other displays including antique tractors and gas engines, as well as other antique farm equipment.

Activities in the Steam and Gas Engine Village included wood carving, candle making, spinning and weaving, quilting, and basket making. While walking by the many shops one could watch blacksmithing, or buy the best homemade bread you ever tasted, as well as other snacks calculated to excite your palate.

Everyone's favorite activity was watching the 1865 steam powered sawmill turn logs into lumber, although the 1902 shingle mill kicking out those freshly cut shingles was an awesome sight.

The old circus calliope filled the air with music of yesteryear to set the mood for folks walking through the village, visiting the Agricultural and Logging Museum or the large model railroad display, or browsing through the shops.