July 20, 2017 Episode.
The invention of the steam-powered engine and its widespread adaptations were integral to the growth of the West, especially impacting agriculture and logging practices in Oregon. Powerland Heritage Park (formerly Antique Powerland), with its campus of many unique but integrated museums, pays respect to the full scope of the machinery that built the Oregon we now call home. Kathleen Mason, their director of marketing, joined us in this episode to remind us of what a fun and educational place we have just north of Salem in the Brooks area!
Each summer they provide a special event over two consecutive weekends that allows us an opportunity to experience all the noise and smells of these working treasures up close and personal, the Great Oregon Steam-Up. This amazing family-oriented event includes twice-daily parades of decorated tractors and steam engines, as well as a quilt show and ongoing demonstrations of various types of equipment in action, including one such machine that makes the most delicious ice cream! In 2017, the 47th annual Steam-Up will be held July 29 & 30, and August 5 & 6. I know we'll be there again this year!
The Park is also planning an event to help you celebrate the upcoming Solar Eclipse. The Oregon Electrical Railway Museum will be hosting the Great Oregon Solar Eclipse Campout. For more information on this event, check out this link.
For more information, please check out their website here.