THE TRI-STATE-ANTIQUE ENGINE MEET


| March/April 1968



2050 So. Humboldt, Denver, Colorado 80210

About ten years ago, when our Antique Auto Club had a tour to Bird City, Kansas, I became acquainted with some men who had their steam engines there. They invited me to see their collection of steam-traction engines, gas tractors, and grain seperators, etc. We went a few miles out of town to see their collection of restored engines, and I enjoyed them so much that I promised to attend one of their steam engine meets.

This year we arranged our vacation to attend the Tri-State Steam on our way East. It was a three day affair Sept 28-30th. We left Denver Friday Morning at 5:30 A.M. and arrived in Bird City about 10:30 their time.

This was their 12th year, and everything was very well organized. They have 40 acres of their own, and keep much of their equipment there the year around. By the time we arrived there was several hundred people there, and more kept coming all day.

Lined up along the side of a city block square area was 26 large steamers of all makes, and sizes, along with several scale models, about size. All were fired up and were smoking and whistling, and some were moving about.

Across the end of the area were several grain separators (threshing machines). Some were restored and some were not. There were several stacks of wheat that had been cut with a binder. During the day they threshed the grain using different steam engines, and gas tractors. Everyone was invited to pitch in some bundles. It brought back some wonderful memories.