| January/February 1992

R.R. Greenville, Iowa 51343

Where is Granite, Iowa? While looking at an Iowa map, place a finger where Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota meet, then it will be touching Granite.

The Granite Threshing Bee is held where the town of Granite was located. Granite was once a small railroad town, but today only a few houses remain. Since 1985, Granite has been resurrected for one weekend a year. The threshing bee makes the town live again as a place to gather and make fascinating new acquaintances.

July 13, 1991How to get the engine to the show?

Normally held during the third weekend in July, the 1991 Granite Threshing Bee began sooner than usual. The Saturday before the show, Dick Burd and his family transported friends and guests fifteen miles from their home northwest of Canton, South Dakota to Granite, Iowa. This was accomplished by pulling benches on racks with an 18 HP Avery under-mounted steam engine. The endeavor began about 9:00 a.m. and ended around 6:00 p.m. The engine didn't go alone on the trip. Besides all 35 passengers, there was a support crew waiting every few miles with reinforcements of water and coal. Other helpers shuttled passengers to the procession and back to their cars. Around noon, lunch was catered by a Sioux Falls grocery store.

After the trip, everyone believed that they had had a terrific time. Since the event was so enjoyable, it brings to mind a question. Will there be a second annual Great Granite Steam Drive? According to rumor, the answer seems positive.


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