Some Best Engine Company Odds and Ends

Reader submitted materials on the Best Engine Company

| March/April 2001

  • Rear cover of a catalog of the Eureka Bark Mill Co.
    Rear cover of a catalog (possibly winter of 1880-1881) of the Eureka Bark Mill Co., a business also owned by John Best in Lancaster, Pa.
  • A John Best portable engine
    A John Best portable engine, #331, owned in 1978 by Mr. Donald Long of Cumming, Georgia.
  • A John Best portable engine
    A John Best portable engine, #331, owned in 1978 by Mr. Donald Long of Cumming, Georgia.
  • Front of a circa-1880 John Best trade card in the Whistles in the Woods collection
    Front of a circa-1880 John Best trade card in the Whistles in the Woods collection. Note that Frank F. Landis (of Geiser Manufacturing Co. fame) was plant superintendent.
  • John Best trade card
    Back of a circa-1880 John Best trade card in the Whistles in the Woods collection. Note that Frank F. Landis (of Geiser Manufacturing Co. fame) was plant superintendent.

  • Rear cover of a catalog of the Eureka Bark Mill Co.
  • A John Best portable engine
  • A John Best portable engine
  • Front of a circa-1880 John Best trade card in the Whistles in the Woods collection
  • John Best trade card
Way back in our September/October issue in 1978, we did an article about John Best's engine company, the Best Engine Company, which was located in Lancaster, Pa., home of Stemgas. After that, some readers sent us some additional Best material which, unfortunately, we never published. We have now gathered together some of those odds and ends on this page. We are grateful to subscriber Robert Johnson of Whistles in the Woods museum, Chickamauga, Georgia.