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Mehmke Museum - Great Falls, Montana


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Old 03-08-2016, 04:46:35 AM
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As I said in the Steam & Traction thread Carl Mehmke's daughters Charlotte & Mardel have bought their brothers share of the Museum that was started in the late 40s by their Grandfather Walt Mehmke. When he passed Carl took it over and kept it alive till his health failed. The sisters have had to sell some things in order to be able to make the deal but have sold no Steam Engines, no big Gas tractors, no Crawlers. They plan to open it this spring and are planning a Start Up Show the last weekend of August 2016. Plans are to get most of the Gas Tractors out and running along with some Crawlers depending on how much help they get. Several of the fellows that come to the Crosby Show have said they will be there to help so we have no doubt that the tractors will be out and running as we all want to help and keep the collection intact and alive as would be Walt & Carl's wishes. Any comments, stories of past shows, pictures and help will be appreciated. Will be no pay but they will have Dinner & Supper there for the workers. Will be a lot of fun and lets pitch in and get things running again. John Tysse Jr Crosby, ND
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:26:07 AM
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I plan on being there to help. Sounds like it should be a lot of fun
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I was there in 2004. Great place.
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put me on the tractor crew! will have toolbox in tow..
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Why are all the great collections so far away!!!
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Because you live in Ohio? Technically that's outside the grain belt or great plains whatever you want to call it.
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Because you live in Ohio? Technically that's outside the grain belt or great plains whatever you want to call it.
Glenn and I live in the mid-Ohio valley, or some call the appalachia region of Ohio with all the hills. There may be some big collectors somewhere near us Glenn.
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Count me in and lets all have a good time.
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Wow! 23 hours of driving! That's a ways!
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Wow! 23 hours of driving! That's a ways!
I always buy something on ebay, and then have to go pick it up.
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I always buy something on ebay, and then have to go pick it up.
LOL! My wife would be fit to be tied.
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Glenn and I live in the mid-Ohio valley, or some call the appalachia region of Ohio with all the hills. There may be some big collectors somewhere near us Glenn.
I'm not saying that there are no great collections near you but the fact remains that the "great" collections are in the hands of people that have been collecting for more than 50 years by people that were able to pick them up in the area they were used in. Even Great Falls, MT is the western edge of the plains but there were a lot of big tractors in use in Montana. Those big prairie tractors were designed for use in the big areas of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, etc. I have had the honor and privilege of being on these trips to get these tractors and find them in the wild in the U.S. and Canada. A lot of these adventures started with John in Crosby. I was around when he loaded a 30-60 Rumely and a couple of things on to a rail car that ended up out east back in the 70's. I think there was a huge auction sale of those items just a couple years ago. And I know there is a great collection in Iowa that's probably closer to you than me.
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I'm not saying that there are no great collections near you but the fact remains that the "great" collections are in the hands of people that have been collecting for more than 50 years by people that were able to pick them up in the area they were used in. Even Great Falls, MT is the western edge of the plains but there were a lot of big tractors in use in Montana. Those big prairie tractors were designed for use in the big areas of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, etc. I have had the honor and privilege of being on these trips to get these tractors and find them in the wild in the U.S. and Canada. A lot of these adventures started with John in Crosby. I was around when he loaded a 30-60 Rumely and a couple of things on to a rail car that ended up out east back in the 70's. I think there was a huge auction sale of those items just a couple years ago. And I know there is a great collection in Iowa that's probably closer to you than me.
Because of the terrain differences you have machines out west that we here in the east do not get to see very often. My wife and I are going to take a trip west someday, and look forward to looking at some of those bigger machines. I would love to take the controls of a big Rumely 30-60 sometime.
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The show at Crosby is good for the big prairie tractors. Rollag also has quite a few rare big prairie tractors and John from Crosby usually has something there. This year at Rollag is The Great Minneapolis Line so there will be a lot of steamers and gas tractors in addition to Rollag's regular line up. You could go to Great Falls one weekend and then Rollag the next. They are about 775 miles apart. Everyone needs to be on a big radiator OilPull at least once. It is an experience and sound you will never forget. I've been on John's 25-45 B at Crosby and a 30-60 that used to be at Rollag. It's been over 30 years since I've been on either one but I'll never forget. There is nothing else like it. I actually got to run the one at Rollag a few times when I was a teenager. That tractor is at the show in Albany,MN now. That is another show with a few big prairie tractors.
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Me and another chap stopped at Mehmke's going on 30 years ago. It is a fantastic place and a fine collection.
Following on what Mr. Withers said, the Mehmke collection might be a place to get younger people involved. While they cannot afford to own one of the big tractors or one of the steam engines, they could be given the responsibility of working on one there. Under the right supervision, it might give the family a nice group of folks to help them keep some of the equipment going.
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If I can work it into my schedule, will try to get there. I've always wanted to get out there and visit.
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I'll certainly try to be there to help out.
I knew Carl starting some time in the 80's.
Used to visit him once a year and stayed in one of his houses each visit.
Also attended most of the steam plow days he used to have.
The Russell gas tractor in the museum is one that I owned and used to start up when I visited Carl. It needs to run again!
i'd love to run the big Avery again as I had an 25-50 Avery and ran Carl's 40-80 at the last steam plow day
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It was a very interesting place to see and nice to hear that it will open as a event it needs to be seen!
Are the two 110 hp CASE steamers still there or did they leave ?
All the best to those that are taking the trip to get this collection running again.
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When I went over to Pennsylvania last year to get my Rumely L, the rough and tumble show was going on. The gentleman who I bought it from said I should stay the night and go the next day. Should have done that but we made the trip over and back in one day. I have heard they have some really nice tractors there.
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Gearge, you could stop by Great Falls and run some stuff while you're on your way to Rollag with your 4hp Star vertical for Witte feature.
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