Cedar Valley Memories Museum Would you like to visit Cedar Valley Memories Museum? We are open by appointment. To arrange a visit, please call: (641) 425-0865 or (641) 220-3055 or (641) 832-8818 or (641) 330-2017. We are located just about two miles west of Osage, on Hwy 9. If you are traveling east on Hwy 9, driving towards Osage, you will make a left-hand turn at the bottom of the hill, just before the Cedar River bridge. (If you cross the bridge you've gone too far.) If you are traveling west on Hwy 9, leaving Osage, you will cross the Cedar River bridge and then make a right-hand turn into our driveway. Following the winding driveway, you'll see the Nature Center on your right and then our big machine shed on your left. The museum office is connected to the machine shed. We also have the Chicago-Great Western Depot and a mini locomotive steam engine, the Dudley School (later renamed Cedar No. 2, and eventually converted into the Francis farmhouse), several outbuildings, and a collection of antiques that will amaze you!
Annual Steam Engine Power Show We hold an annual old-fashioned steam engine power show which is always held on the second full weekend in August (Saturday and Sunday). This year will be our 22nd Annual Steam Engine Power Show! You'll definitely want to make plans to attend! The dates for this year's show are August 12 and 13. Admission buttons are $5 at the gate. Kids 12 years old and younger get in free. If you'd like to purchase an early button for $4, you may call the Mitchell County Historical Museum at (641) 832-2574 for details, or you may call Rob at (641) 220-4165, or Gary at (641) 330-2017. Your admission button is good for both days of the show. At the power show you can enjoy old-time farming demonstrations and see how steam engines were used back in the day. There will be old-fashioned crafting demonstrations, too. You are welcome to walk all around or catch a ride on our "People Hauler" and see as many of our demonstrations and extensive collections of antique farm equipment and machinery as you possibly can. We will do our best to show you a glimpse of what life was really like so many years ago.
Do you like to shop? We will have souvenirs, T-shirts, books, crafts. We have a nice flea market, and back by popular demand will be our Silent Auction! Get ready for the Tractor Pull on Saturday at 1 pm. On Sunday come and join us for Cowboy Church at 9 am and watch the Kids Pedal Pull at 1 pm. Join us for an omelet breakfast, have a rib eye sandwich for lunch, and then cool off with a root beer float in the afternoon. Don't forget to grab some Kettle Corn for the ride home!
If you'd like to exhibit your own antique tractor or steam engine, or crafting skills, or if you'd like to be a vendor at our flea market, or help us in any way with our power show, we'd love to have you join us! It takes a lot of work to put this power show on, and we're always looking for more volunteers. If you'd like to be a financial sponsor, we're offering something fun and new this year that will help you advertise your business! For details, contact us by email at email@example.com or call us at any of the phone numbers mentioned above.
The Smolik Exhibit Cedar Valley Memories displays antique steam engines, antique farm implements and tools. Most of these rare engines are in running condition. Some are the only models known to exist. The original collection was given to the Cedar Valley Memories by two brothers, Ray and Ed Smolik, and Ed's wife Evelyn.
The Frazee A Keynote feature at Cedar Valley Memories is the 1901 Frazee, the first registered gas-powered vehicle in Iowa. George T. Frazee, an Osage jeweler, designed and built the 1901 Frazee at his home on the corner of 9th and Pleasant Street in Osage, Iowa. The two-cylinder car was handmade except for the wheels and tires which were purchased locally. Parts for the motor were cast at the Kelly-Morgan Iron Foundry in Osage. It was the only model ever made. It still runs and has been driven in local parades.
The Reeves A Reeves 40-140 Cross Compound is the largest of all known steam traction engines. It is the only one in the world known in operation. This steam engine was built in 1912 in Columbus, Indiana. It was designed to pull a 16 to 20 bottom plow.
The Rumely The 1922 32 h.p. Advance-Rumely was designed for saw milling and threshing grain. This engine was used in Iowa. Because of its light weight it could travel over the rural wooden bridges.
The Blumentritt The first steam traction design is the two-cylinder 1878 Blumentritt. It is the only one known in operation. There is also one at the Smithsonian that was used during the construction of the Washington Monument.