Monday, September 12, 2016

Harold Warp Pioneer Village; Wrapping It Up

OK, after four other posts I'm still here at the 20 acre Pioneer Village.

I've toured the massive Main Building, the dozen or so buildings around the square, and the Home and Shops Building, but there's still 8 or so very large buildings to go!!

And don't forget all the stuff set out there in the spaces around those buildings.

These buildings, the ones located towards the back of the property, are loaded with cars, tractors, farm implements and more. And I mean there's a lot of stuff in here! On top of that most every item on display has a little info plaque along with it to slow you down even more!

And one floor per building wasn't enough. Every one of these buildings has a second floor


which is also stuffed with - well -other stuff, besides cars or trucks. In the photo above you can see a display of snow-blowers tucked in along the aisleway.

As is the case with all the displays in these buildings, the snow-blowers are arraigned in the order of their development, so by starting at the 'old' end, you can stroll your way forward in time.

And to further clarify this 'timeline' style of display which promotes the museum's mission statement of Showing Man's Progress Since 1830 cars have been separated out by manufacture

so each one gets their own individual 'stroll through history.'

 But if cars, and the stuff that goes along with them, aren't your thing

There's tractors too!

(I'm not sure if the sign refers to people or the tractors themselves. Apparently most everything in the museum is in operating condition.)

 Hey! Our tractor marks it's territory just like this one!

Had to include this one for my JD nut enthusiast nephew.

Ordinary tractors not enough??  There's a separate building for farm implements

and steam-tractors, which need it, a separate building, because they are huge!! (This photo was taken from eye level.)

This 1917 Aultman Taylor develops 30 hp on the drawbar and 60 hp on the belt. With a 'field' speed of 2.25 MPH and a road speed of 4.5 MPH, it took two and a half days to drive this tractor under it's own steam, literally, the 50 miles from the Kemp farm to the museum in the spring of 1955.

But if none of that is interesting to you, there's also snowmobiles

Lots of snowmobiles. (Since my brother and nephews are big into racing vintage snowmobiles these are only a couple of the many shots I took.)

Maybe your interest is motorcycles?



How 'bout the development of home appliances?

There's even a whole display case devoted to the evolution of the can opener!  No really!! And it was pretty interesting too.

I have a whole lot more photos of this place, and the urge to post them, but in the interest of moving on, as promised, this will be the last post from here at the Harold Warp Pioneer Village.

Besides right now it's a few minutes after 4PM, I'm still 100 miles from The Golden Spike tower, which closes at 7PM so I really need to get going!

Oh, wait! one last thing.


This oddity is a home-built motorhome. In 1939 the owner of a trucking firm bought the truck new. Eleven years later he sold the company but kept the truck for himself. 

That placard there on the rear details the trips he and his wife took in it from 1953 through 1976, about 100,000 miles worth of trips.

But you see that nice, warm and inviting entry, complete with separate screen door, leading in off the back porch?

Well, have you seen those funniest videos of people walking into sliding doors or floor-to-ceiling glass??

That was me; and it hurt!!!  That opening is covered in plexiglass and I never saw it, not even after I bounced off it. . .

But seriously, if you ever find yourself out in south central Nebraska, check you map for Minden and stop at Pioneer Village.  Just make sure you have plenty of time.

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