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Whatever Happened to the Collection Along the Sacramento River?

bill chasser

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Hi everyone. I live in Sacramento CA and frequently would travel Hwy 160 "the old river route" through the Sacramento Delta to Clarksburg and beyond. Along the way on the west side of the Sacramento River there was a collection of antique and vintage iron (est over 150 pieces of equipment and old trucks probably another 30-40) on a farm. The owners had a pumpkin patch and christmas tree farm adjacent to the equipment that they would have open to the public seasonally. On the property was a narrow guage oil fired steamer that they gave rides on that cicumvented a little village complete with a railroad station. Also on the property was a working vintage blacksmith shop that would be operated to demonstrate how it was done in the early part of the 20th century complete with a belt driven overhead pulley system much like early sawmills. I would wander off to photogragh and admire the rows of tractors and implements but was always escorted away by the owners as they were not a part of the exhibt on the (public area). Don't know who the owners were but I was by there several mos ago and the property has lanquished and the equipment is all but gone. I am saddened that this cultural display by a private family has been lost and wondering what became of the collection I believe the site was called Silver Bend in relation to the discriptive given to the point on the river. Any one know where I am describing and the outcome of the vast heritage that was once there???
 

Andrew Walker

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Age
50
Last Subscription Date
08/29/2019
Re: What ever happen to the collection along the Sacramento River?

It's something I knew nothing about until you asked but I do like investigating stories :). Owners were Bob and Debbie Kirtlan (Robert and Deborah). It seems the the Yolo County DA filed a bunch of charges against them in 2007 for failing to obtain building permits, etc...http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=34100

In reading other blogs and local newspapers, they were given a reprieve for a short time but it appears Bob got tired of fighting and shut the place down. He was a railfan and here's an ad he took out selling one of the engines back in 2010 :http://www.shaylocomotives.com/data/lima2399/sn-2366.htm

Locally, everyone seemed quite upset about Silver Bend shutting down. There is an interesting comment on a Woodland Journal news article from 2009 here: http://www.woodlandjournal.com/2009/09/reisig-denies-charges-in-lawsuit.html

Quite a fracas really. I don't know what happened to all the stuff but there's the background for why it's gone. I believe the Kirtlan's still live in Clarksburg and you could just search for their number and call them !

-Andrew....
 

Tom Madden

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Last Subscription Date
10/29/2019
Re: What ever happen to the collection along the Sacramento River?

Several pieces of the collection were sold to collectors in California, including Holt, Best, Caterpillar and Yuba. I am not sure what happened to the remaining pieces.
 

Dwayne Fuller

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
Re: What ever happen to the collection along the Sacramento River?

Sadly, another example of OUR F**CKing government taking away our heritage. History is being re-wrote while we just sit on our hands.
 

bill chasser

Registered
Re: What ever happen to the collection along the Sacramento River?

I have been away from the area for about three years so it must have been shuttered shortly after I left. It was always a treat to go out there during the holidays. Very sad to see it go. I did hear rumblings back then that they were having problems with the local government thinking it had to do with permits to operate. The government wanted a cut from the proceeds although I don't believe they ever made a profit. They did it more for the joy it gave to the families and community. Clarksburg is a very small farming community as are all the delta townships. It is truly sad. They had been putting this on for many many years without issue. They really put on a show with great train robberies complete with shootouts lots of activities for kids of all ages. The black smithing shop was always interesting to watch as they had a tractor belted up to it and the ringing of steel against steel. Leave it to the govt to ruin a good thing that bothered no one and gave joy to so many I have many pics from when I was out there 4 yrs ago i'll try to get some on here if i can find them
 

texasbest

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Last Subscription Date
08/26/2019
Re: What ever happen to the collection along the Sacramento River?

Sadly, another example of OUR F**CKing government taking away our heritage. History is being re-wrote while we just sit on our hands.
Dwayne, Tell us what your really thinking! :D
Honestly I'm not sure how Tom manages out there?
He's welcome to bring his Crawlers and Rumley collection here to Texas when we Secede!

Can't wait to come to Longview and hang out. I've still got to find me a yellowdog.
 
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