Four Points Bulletin

Travels north, east, south, and west of our Oceanside home base.

In 1991 the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum was featured on Huell Howser’s California’s Gold (start at 18:40) At some point between then and now, when I saw the episode, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum has been on my mind. I love finding underappreciated places to appreciate, especially when they are so close. Eric and I finalized our plans to go this Sunday and I told my friend Denise, who also likes to find importance in the underestimated, and she finalized her plans too. On the same day as us. And so we were off, to socially distance on 55 acres in Vista, while looking at antique tractors, steam engines, farm equipment and old time machinery.

The entrance fee is $2 per person. So, according to my calculations, the museum made $8 today. Yes, we were the only museum goers. We will come back at some time in the future during an event, when their engines are running. Or on a Saturday when more exhibits are open, like their spinning cottage, the clock museum and the farmhouse. Or to see the sawmill in action. Or ride the train. Honestly, it was nice to go today, as an introduction, and have the place to ourselves. It is unbelievable how much there is so much to look at. Eric is ready to sign up for their blacksmithing classes next year! And A1 and I are ready to watch the budding blacksmith work! (The classes are offered three consecutive Saturdays from 9-3. Yes please!) We are so excited about this museum.

6 thoughts on “Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum

  1. Denise says:

    It was a true surprise and I loved your line, “Denise, who also likes to find importance in the underestimated.” Thank you for allowing us to share this unique place with you. I agree 100% that we need to return when the engines are running and the spinners are spinning. Your photos capture the day perfectly. It was way fun being with you all, even at a distance.

    1. So much fun! Thanks for joining us!

  2. Evelyn says:

    Great photographs as us usual! Such a fascinating museum – for young and old alike! A1 is so fortunate to have parents who provide fun, fascinating and hands-on experiences – like the equivalent of traveling through time – πŸ‘ More adventures to come!!! 🌟

    1. It is a time travel. How great that these machines haven’t been used for scrap metal! I love the picture of the colorful tractors all lined up. I thought you would appreciate it too, Evelyn. πŸ™‚

  3. Denise says:

    Let’s make a date to do it again and stay longer. I’m so intrigued still.

    1. Agreed! There is a lot to do there. Maybe we can go spy on Eric as he learns to be a blacksmith. πŸ™‚

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