| September/October 1973

  • 20th Century Engine
    Cut showing 16 and 20 HP 20th Century Engine. Courtesy of Tom Downing, R.D. 1, Box 181, Elwood City, Pennsylvania 16117.
    Tom Downing

  • 20th Century Engine

R.D. 1, Box 181, Ell wood City, Pennsylvania 16117.

If it were able to talk, an old steam engine which has called this area home for many years and which is believed to be the last of its kinds, would probably be able to tell much about local history.

The steam engine, which carries with it a past of six owners, started out new in Plain Grove Township, was sold six times, and has now returned once more to Plain Grove Township. Throughout the years, the engine has sold for prices ranging from $2,400 to $75 at a low point in its life, and back up to $2,100 in recent years, when it became an antique.

Standing almost as proud as if it were brand new, the steam engine has been on display at the ninth annual steam engine and Old Equipment Show held August 5-7, 1972 on Route 19 on the Lancaster Township Community Club grounds Middle Lancaster, between Lelienople and Portersville.

Older citizens of the community may remember when steam engines, such as the one pictured, were commonly used for threshing, sawmill work, roadwork and other jobs.

This particular engine is one of relatively small production, made by the 20th Century Manufacturing Company of Boynton, Pennsylvania, Somerset County.


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