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Grangeville in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine

 
 
The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
1. The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine Marker
Captions:(left side, top to bottom) Ready to move to the next farm. An Advance Straw Burner Steam Engine and Threshing Machine in Idaho County about 1910.; Threshing outfit of A.M. Gorsuch, Winona 1909.; Threshing west in the Tolo Lake District. Troeh & Gill outfit about 1907.; (center right) Charlie Steele's threshing outfit, photo taken about 1909.
Inscription.  The steam engine before you saw many years of service to agriculture and lumbering here on the Camas Prairie at the turn of the 20th century.
In the 1920s the City of Grangeville used a steam engine like this with a roller in front instead of wheels to smooth out the deep wagon ruts on Main Street.
David Schwarz donated the engine to the City of Grangeville in memory of his father, Albert J. Schwarz.
Charlie Steele's threshing outfit, photo taken about 1909 - it travelled from Dobe Flats (Tolo Lake) to the Winona Buttes. The steam engine was operated by Dwight Morrow, with the cook house for the crews following.
Threshing was an annual event and contract operators and crews followed the harvest. They threshed with bundle wagons hauling grain to the the machine or late in the fall from stacks of bundled wheat.
 
Erected by City of Grangeville.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 45° 55.584′ N, 116° 7.434′ W. Marker is in Grangeville, Idaho, in Idaho
The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
2. The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine and Marker
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County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and South Idaho Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 West Main Street, Grangeville ID 83530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Camas Prairie Mammoth (approx. half a mile away); A Mammoth Discovery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Home on the Grange (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gold Pans and Whipsaws (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Camas Connection (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Eimers Legacy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tolo, Alab-lemot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Idaho (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grangeville.
 
More about this marker. The Advance Steam Engine is located next to the Idaho County District Court.
 
The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
3. The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine
Steam Traction Engine threshing image. Click for full size.
By Vintage Photograph
4. Steam Traction Engine threshing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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