150 Antique Tractors & Over 1,000 pieces of Historic Machinery
FARM EQUIPMENT YARD
The Farm Equipment Yard has multitudes of horse drawn equipment, early mechanical farm machinery antique tractors and various farm equipment. If there is a particular piece of antique farming equipment that you are hoping to see, there is a good chance that we have it!
KEYS 1908 HOMESTEAD
The Keys Homestead is a replica of the one Margaret Keys (Hoech) was born and raised in near Keys Road in Terrace Heights, Washington. Margaret was born in 1911 to David and Lucy Keys. Her parents had a herd of eight dairy cows and they farmed several crops. The replica home, which was built to Margaret's exact and detailed specifications, is furnished with many things from her original home just as it was furnished when she was born, even the bed! This is a step back in time to a much simpler, more basic and smaller lifestyle. Margaret passed away in December 2016 at the age of 105.
NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD BOXCAR
In 1988, during a winter trip to Fort Worth, Texas, Les Vannice stopped in at the Northern Pacific Railroad’s headquarters with only a museum brochure and asked the railroad to donate a boxcar, and they did! Six weeks later, Les received a letter pertaining to two boxcars in Pasco that were ear-marked just for the museum. At the same time, the City of Yakima was taking its street-car tracks out along Nob Hill Blvd. in preparation to widen the street. The museum was able to obtain and use 150 feet of tracks and ties to accommodate the coming Railroad addition. By April 1989, with help from three different movers who all donated their labor, the boxcar was finally in its resting place at the museum. The boxcar houses historical working replicas of the Yakima Railroad yards during the 1930's. "Mag" Magness and John Holmquist (a conductor on the SP&S railroad) donated many things which reside in the boxcar, including a conductor’s uniform which was John's in his working days.
The Amos Cabin was built by Joseph D. Amos and other family members in 1917. The family lived in Cowiche, Washington. It was donated to the museum by the J. Harold Amos family in April of 1993. Donations from Joe & Jim Cameron in honor of George & Celestine Eschbach, along with a matching donation from the Smith-Kline Beecham Foundation, made moving, restoring and furnishing the cabin to time period a reality. Many museum volunteers worked diligently for over a year to restore and furnish this excellent example of a pioneer cabin.
MAGNESS TOOL COLLECTION
This wonderful collection is located in the east end of the visitor’s center in the Magness Tool Room. Owner "Mag" Magness donated the room and his tool collection of over 3,000 beautifully restored hand tools. This is a remarkable collection which has been viewed and enjoyed by countless visitors. Be sure to make this a must-see on your museum visit!
This is a working 1930’s era sawmill with a display of antique chain saws. The mill is demonstrated during special events.
The farmstead includes a kiddie train, train depot, windmill, corn crib and many turn of the century artifacts pertaining to farm life. The kiddie train is a very popular exhibit and is enjoyed by children during special events. Our museum conductor and the assistant also enjoy running the train and seeing the happy children! On school field trips, the students get to shell ears of corn!
The Horse~n~Harness Group is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of horse power and the harnessed power of the horse in the days before modern era steam fired, and gas ignited engines. To that end the group endeavors to: Train ourselves and our horses to pull/drive in harness and to restore and maintain horse related equipment to serviceable condition to be used in demonstration to educate the public of the bygone era of horsepower. Visit their website.
There are many other wonderful exhibits on the Museum grounds. Come and visit, bring your camera and enjoy a wonderful time with family while learning about our agricultural history and heritage.