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! 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!
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 fit the bill.