Join the Historical Museum and raise funds to save the oldest known Willamette Steam Engine in the nation. Champion Lumber donated Engine #7 to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula back in the 1980’s. The HMFM raised $27,000 to build the display shed to house the Engine. Now that Phase 1 is complete, they will move forward with a full restoration. Phase 2, the restoration, is looking to raise $100,000.
Why is Missoula’s Engine #7 Unique?
• Oldest known surviving Willamette Locomotive in the Nation.
• Spent its life in our mountains and valleys, never traveling more than 80 miles from Missoula.
• Hollywood Movie Star when it played a leading role in the 1954 Timber Jack!
• Only Willamette originally built to burn coal as a fuel.
• The ONLY locomotive left from Western Lumber Co. • One of two surviving locomotives from Anaconda Lumber Co. and the only one in Montana.
• This Engine represents a once bustling industry that shaped Missoula and Western Montana.
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