"Antique Powerland Museum" Brooks Things to Do Tip by glabah
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The Antique Powerland Museum is made up of a number of separate museums, located on a 62 acre museum complex.
Participating organizations include:
+ Western Steam Fiends (including steam operated equipment, such as a steam powered sawmill, a steam powered railroad crane, steam powered staionay equipment and steam powered tractors)
+ Pacific Northwest Truck Museum
+ Oregon Electric Railway Museum (streetcar museum and operation)
+ Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum
+ Antique Implement Society (farm machinery)
+ Willow Creek Railroad (1/8th scale railroad you can ride)
and others. This is also the location of the Great Oregon Steam-up, in which many pieces of old equipment are brought to life and somewhere around 10,000 visitors come.
Antique Powerland got its start in 1952, when a group called the Western Steam Fiends started working on restoring and showing off steam tractors and other steam equipment. The facility has slowly gotten larger and larger, until it reaches today's proportions, and more land is undergoing negotiation for future expansion.
By far the best time to visit the Antique Powerland grounds is during the Great Oregon Steam-up, as otherwise there isn't anywhere near as much going on. Currently, the grounds are generally open March 3rd through October 31st, Wednesdays through Sundays only. However, just because the grounds are open doesn't guarantee any particular activity level.
Other special events (such as the truck museum show in late August, or some of the events at the Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum) are not quite as large as the Great Oregon Steam-up, but do guarantee there will be at least some level of activity.
Keep in mind that some of the activities at the museum do require separate admission fees. For example, if you pay for admission to the museum complex, it does not give you free trolley rides - those are separate (unless a sponsoring organization has decided to pay for the rides as part of an event).
Eventually, the goal is for the museum to have a full compliment of events all year, but currently the activities are highly seasonal and generally rotate around special events at the various member museums.
Address: 3995 Brooklake Road NE, Brooks, OR 97303
Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Brooks exit and turn west. After the huge May Trucking facility on the north side, you will see Antique Powerland.
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