Forney Museum of Transportation

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Forney Museum of Transportation is located in Denver, CO. It is open from 10am to 4pm Monday – Saturday. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-15. Children under 3 are free and seniors are $6 each.

The museum houses a one of a kind collection of historical transportation vehicles, totaling over 500. There are motorcycles, cars, buggies, bicycles, locomotives, and rare and exotic vehicles. Some of the attractions are an old skidoo snowmobile, the Big Boy Locomotive, a Detroit Electric Car, a Case Steam Tractor, and much more. Here is just a small sample of what you can see.

The Big Boy Locomotive came about because of economic reasons. It was also known as “Titans of the Wasatch.” Going over the Wasatch pass in Ogden, Utah was a challenge to all locomotives.  Under the administration of E.H. Harriman the use of helper engines two or three at a time. He also had a hand in the new locomotives the Compound Mallets and then the series of 4-10-2’s, 4-12-2’s and in 1936 the Challenger. These stronger and more powerful locomotives were needed to go the sixty-five miles from Ogden to Wasatch without the use of helper engines. This stretch of track was known as the Helper District.

The Detroit Electric car was made in 1907 and ran 211 miles on one charge. They used Edison batteries. They were basically made for women and doctors who did not want to crank start a car. The making of 15 cars in 1907 to 4669 cars in 1914 and they changed their name for the third time to the Detroit Electric Car Company. With more roads being built in the 1920s, the electric car lost its electric flavor. The stock market crash of 1929 led the company to taking individual orders for the electric car. The company was bought by A.O. Dunk and he kept the company alive for a few more years but after he died, the company closed.

J.D collected automobiles his wife Eleanor collected antique clothing and it is on display throughout the museum. The museum also acquired the Denver Wax Museum in 1981. Throughout the museum you can see famous figures like W.C. Fields, Henry Ford, and many more.

The museum has cars for sale. One is the 1975 Plymouth. There is also a gift shop where you can buy little car figures, descriptions of earlier cars and other vehicles. Right now the gift shop online is closed for renovations.

They offer storage for your antique cars, motorcycles or trucks. They offer meeting rooms for parties, gatherings, workshops and more. Their facilities are open to the public for use. They have all kinds of activities for kids. You can order a calendar or give donations to help with expenses.

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