One of the most unique farm machinery museums in Nebraska, and the country for that matter, has a new 6,000-square-foot addition.
In February, 400 people attended the rib-cutting near Gering of the new building added to the Farm And Ranch Museum. The backdrop to FARM, which was founded 1988, is the majestic Scotts Bluff National Monument and Mitchell Pass, through which wagon trains passed on the Oregon Trail.
FARM houses all types of farm machinery, but focuses primarily on equipment related to Nebraska Panhandle agriculture, including implements used in dry bean and sugarbeet production, says Leo Heinemann, president of the 14-member FARM board. Ranch equipment, including mowers and rakes are on display, too, in the exhibit hall.
The addition includes a lobby, archives room and library, a gift shop, a small auditorium and a big doorway to the exhibit hall. "There are a few displays on the lobby floor and a display case featuring hand-made, metal tractor models.
For information, call 308-436-1989 or go to www.farmandranchmuseum.com.