The Antique Transportation Museum at Heritage Park is a 10,000 sq. ft. building filled to overflowing with different and unique pieces of transportation history.
Ron Holland, who oversees the museum, began collecting these pieces because of a love of history. Ron has a wealth of knowledge about antique transportation and the history of every piece in this museum. He is typically on hand at the museum when it is open to share his knowledge and tell interesting stories.
The museum has everything related to a roadway that you can imagine and many things you probably never have imagined. Just inside the door, you’ll see many different types of bicycles from the Victorian Era High Wheel three-wheeled bike to the modern “safety” bikes of the late 1800s. A safety bike resembles our bikes today in a much more primitive form.
Give yourself plenty of time to visit this museum. Take your time; each time you look at an area, you will see something you didn’t see before. There are bikes and motorcycles, snowmobiles, military vehicles, horse-drawn and motor-driven cars and trucks.
You can see cars with gas-powered headlights and the sprayer used to keep the dust down on the old dirt roads. The museum has a rare vacuum truck. This 1906 Jaquet truck would stop at a house, pull out its hoses and vacuum your home or business. The Jaquet was built for only one year.
Another of the rare and unique items in the museum is the 1915 Old Hickory car. This car was built from 1915 to 1923 by the Kentucky Wagon Works of Louisville, Kentucky. The one in this museum is the only one known to exist today. It still has its old non-skid tires and original paint job. One of the most unique-looking vehicles is a 1920 Bessemer truck with a musical calliope on the back. It is beautiful to look at and still has a wonderful song in its pipes.
Heritage Park of North Iowa
For individuals and families in the extended Forest City, Iowa area who enjoy learning about history and appreciate an opportunity for hands-on experiences, Heritage Park of North Iowa provides high-quality historical collections, rare displays, diverse exhibits and active demonstrations. For anyone interested in an entertainment or gathering venue, Heritage Park provides a well-maintained and attractive setting to accommodate small and very large crowds.