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Traveling in Style: Antique Vehicles

Location: Lower Level

William Jennings Bryan’s 1900 Brougham: With more than 500 speeches given in 1896, Bryan invented what is known as a stump tour!

You thought electric cars were just invented? We have one that dates back to 1912! Be sure to check out this Rauch & Lang.

This hearse was the first in Adams County, Nebraska. It was built in the 1880s and used until 1916.

From horse-drawn buggies to horseless carriages, Hastings Museum’s antique vehicles provide an intriguing look at the vehicles that have moved us for more than a century!

The Traveling in Style: Antique Vehicles exhibit is currently undergoing some neat changes, so please pardon our mess as you walk through it.

International Harvestor car in Hastings Museum

International Harvestor entered the automotive field in 1907. The rear seats of this vehicle could be removed so it could be used as a light truck.

 

This exhibit includes a homemade wooden bicycle, the first hearse in Adams County (built in the 1880s) and a 1912 Rauch and Lang automobile with an 80 volt electric motor. Yes, you read that right, an electric vehicle dating back to 1912!

Rauch and Lang built several models of electric cars. Ours is a B26 – a two-door, five passenger town car that weighed 4,000 pounds (including 1,000 pounds of batteries!). Its top speed was 19 miles per hour and it could travel 100 miles per charge. Pretty good for 1912 technology!

Electric vehicles like this were popular with women because no cranking was required – you just turned the switch and go.

In total, Hastings Museum has several motorized, one electric vehicle and a number of horse-drawn vehicles.

Our 1914 fire engine is a wonder – and an early tandem bike sparks the imagination.

You won’t want to miss William Jennings Bryan’s 1900 Brougham. With more than 500 speeches given in 1896 alone, Bryan invented what is known as a stump tour! He served in Congress and ran for President more than once. Traveling frequently required a sound vehicle, and this exquisite carriage foot the bill.

The latest vehicle in this exhibit? The Hastings High School racing car! It’s the only race car in the country to be built and driven by students.