Frederic Area Historical Society Announces Upcoming Antique Auto Show
“Antique automobiles will be stopping at the Soo Line Depot/Frederic Area Museum, Saturday, Sept. 14, between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
More than 20 of these pre-1928 vehicles will be on display as the drivers take a break during the annual Bottineau Memorial Auto Tour. They will briefly be available for photos and viewing before they make their way south to St. Croix Falls on the Gandy Dancer State Trail.
The Bottineau Memorial Auto Tour is named after Steve Bottineau, Siren, who was instrumental in organizing the annual event. He passed away a few years ago and members of the local T-Totalers chapter of the Model T Ford Club International (MTFCI) have kept the annual tour going in his honor. Another sponsoring organization is the Twin Cities Regional Group (TCRG) of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA). There will be many models of vintage cars including several variations of the popular Model T Ford. Early turn of the century names like Brush, Overland, Nash, Maxwell, Buick, Locomobile, Star, Oldsmobile, Stanley and Cadillac are expected. Last year, a 1907 Oldsmobile, that was purchased new by a doctor in Milltown, was along for the ride.
The vintage car tour offers a unique look back in time to when the Soo Line Depot was built in 1901, and these were the vehicles that started to appear on the streets of Frederic as filling stations sprung up and the automobile replaced the horse and buggy and blacksmith as a way life in rural Wisconsin.
Bring your camera and memories of days gone by, as the sights, sounds, and smells of early Frederic fill the air. The railroad that built Frederic may be gone, but these cars are a glimpse of the past. Club members will be giving rides to showcase these time travelling autos.
The Frederic Area Historical Society will open the museum at 9:00 a.m. that day, and the coffee will be on.
Each fall, the T-Totalers receive permission from the DNR to operate for a few hours on the Gandy Dancer State Recreation Trail, which is not open to motorized traffic in the summer. These old cars travel at 15 mph, and this is a rare exception to the non-motorized rule that is exclusively permitted by the DNR for the Gandy Dancer Trail.
The Frederic Area Historical Society welcomes visitors to the Soo Line Depot/Museum weekends and holidays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through leaf season in October, and serves as a rest stop on the Gandy Dancer State Trail. For more information: 715-327-4158 or 715-327-4892 or the depot/museum link at: www.fredericwi.com“