Collection highlights history
- Category: South Central Alberta
What is now a recognized museum began in 1982 when Murray Burton, Evan Evans, Norm Richards, Ray Pearse, and Duane Dunn met to discuss the hobby of collecting and restoring antique tractors and farm machinery. They formed a society and in 1987 acquired property south of Picture Butte where their hobby has resulted in hundreds of rebuilt tractors, binders, combines, threshers, and many other kinds of farm equipment from bygone years.
Coyote Flats Pioneer Village has a number of historic buildings. Four period homes, a church, a school, a post office, a service station , a blacksmith shop, a railway station, a CPR snowplow and caboose, a hip-roofed barn, a meat market, a jail, a fire hall, a shop, a ferry and many storage buildings have all been moved onto the museum grounds. There is also a large display hall, Kleeman Hall, containing innumerable homestead artifacts. This hall can be rented for receptions, reunions and other group gatherings. Kitchen and barbecue facilities are available.
This is a museum that is well worth a visit. It is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from Victoria Day in May to Labor Day in September. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The special events planned for 2012 are:
- Mini Chuckwagon Races and Tractor Pull – June 2,2012
- Annual Threshing Show, Horse and Tractor Pull, Parade of Power August 17-19,2012
- Barbecued Pork, Corn Roast and Tractor Pull September 15,2012
For more information www.prairietractormuseum.ca or phone 403-732-5451.