The shed which once stored coal and lumber for the Longenbaugh Ice and Coal Company, a pioneer establishment in Fairplay, still stands on its original site. An addition was added to the original shed and displays preserved vehicles which were used for transportation in those early pioneer days. Examination of these early wagons and carriages authenticates what it was like in those early days.
The sheepherder’s wagon, with its unique hut-like appearance, served as a home for the shepherd as he tended his flock.
A log-hauler wagon loaded with wooden pipes is ready to be pulled to the construction site. This pipe is made of cottonwood logs bored out by hand. The pipe was used to supply the water for the town of Fairplay residents. It was in use till approximately 1882 when a contract was made to install 8,300 feet of six and four inch iron pipe. The wooden pipes on display were dug up in 1960 in Fairplay.
A buckboard, with its single seat and large diameter spoked wheels, and a sturdily-built ore wagon are here for one’s inspection.
A Conestoga wagon catches the eye with its large canvas covered top. This is a broad, four-wheeled wagon, that was usually drawn by six horses or oxen to transport freight across the prairies.
Other items include: A farm wagon, a chuck wagon, sleighs for hauling wood, and a fancy run-about.
Nearby is a horse-drawn fire hose. The hose is wrapped around the axle between two large wheels. A handle extending from the axle is used for pulling. Here is a horse-drawn steam engine. The main parts of the engine consisted of a boiler, fire box, flywheel and piston and cylinder. It produced steam under pressure to power the early farmers’ threshing machines.
In a corner by itself, is a unique vehicle. No one looked forward to riding in it but everyone knew sooner or later, they would take that last ride.
You guessed it. It is a hearse. Here is an early horse-drawn hearse from the town of Como. The hearse belongs to the Como Civic Association and is on loan to South Park City. It is a magnificent piece of workmanship. Made of the finest woods and painted black, the completely enclosed carriage has large, oval windows with elaborate frames. Carvings of angels adorn the window sides and brass oil burning lamps are attached to the front of the carriage. Four decorative metal ornaments stand out from the corners of the roof. High wooden wheels with slender spokes give the hearse a graceful appearance. The inside of the windows are draped with heavy red felt fringed in gold.