M-28 crosses over Trout Creek in the western side of the Upper Peninsula. It is there you will find a massive old steam engine on display in Abbott Fox Community Park. The mechanical monster was made in 1912, by Allis Chalmers and was originally used in a Minneapolis Minnesota flour mill. In 19221 it was moved to Trout Creek and used in the Weidman Lumber Company’s sawmill until 1968. Now it stands as a reminder of a time in the Upper Peninsula when you could not just plug a cord into a wall outlet for power. The flywheel is sixteen feet in diameter and photos do not convey the massive size of this old steam engine. Next time you are traveling along M-28 be sure to stop and check out this historic steam engine.
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