SNOWMOBILE MUSEUM DREAM INCHES
CLOSER TO REALITY IN MILLINOCKET
Re-Posted from the
Katahdin Times of July 20, 1988
- Last week, with the pouring of a foundation, a
long time dream of Steve Campbell and the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile
Club of Millinocket began emerging as a reality. Last week's work marked the
beginning of construction on an antique snowmobile museum that will be Maine's
only such museum and is expected to be the largest in the country. Presently
there are only two such museum's in the U.S., one in Saynor, Wisconsin and the
other in Bear Brook, New Hampshire.
Construction work on the two story, 30 foot by 50 foot structure is expected to
be completed in the fall. The museum will have the capacity to house 24 antique
snowmobiles. The upstairs floor area will include a film room and a display room
for literature, calendars, etc. The first machine destined to be exhibited at
the soon to be museum is the initial machine owned and operated by Great
Northern Paper. This snowmobile is currently being refurbished by local antique
restorer Steve Campbell.
The dream of a snowmobile museum in which to house antique vehicles began
growing in the early 1980's, beginning in 1983 when Campbell began finding and
restoring old snowmobiles. In 1984 when Robert Brodeur organized a Snowmobile
Pioneers reunion and in 1985 when Campbell himself organized "Allagash
'85", a re-enactment of the early snowmobile expeditions in which
Campbell's father, Earlan, was a leading figure.
An off-shoot of the 1984 Snowmobile Reunion was a feeling on Steve Campbell's
part that a snowmobile museum should be established to preserve the history of
the machine. "I don't think the people of Maine or the Millinocket area
realize how big a part our area played in the early stages," Campbell
Campbell and the Northern Timber Cruisers have worked toward that end since
then, staging fund raisers. Money has been raised for the project through
donations, public suppers and catering of private parties, plus last winter's
fund raiser involving the awarding of a snowmobile. More than $7,000 has been
raised through this effort, with the final figure at $10,000. The original goal
was $7,500, but as Campbell put it, "The cost of materials was going up
faster than we could raise funds". The club expects to stage an open house
sometime this fall.
Directly responsible for Steve Campbell's interest in antique snowmobiles,
Campbell has said is the fact his father, Earlan, played a large role in the
start of the snowmobile industry in the late 1950's and 1960's through guiding
Polaris Industry expeditions into the Allagash (thereby testing their machines).
This plaque is presented in proud appreciation of the many hours of hard work
and determination that those listed below put in to make this museum possible.
Without them the NORTHERN TIMBER CRUISERS SNOWMOBILE MUSEUM would never have
been a reality, nor would it continue to grow.
& Linda Eaton
& Ann Robinson
||Ed and Dawn
donors have given generously to make the building what it is. Without them it
may never have become a reality. It is with great pleasure that we honor them
permanently with this plaque.
Many well deserved
thanks from the
CRUISERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB