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Exhibit features transportation contraptions

by: Sharon Nesbit Tom Metzger was a just a kid when this wooden bike was found in a grain bin at 12-Mile Corner.

It's all about wheels and rides at the Gresham Historical Society's new transportation exhibit, which opens at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the museum, 410 N. Main Ave.

Named 'Transportation - Come Along for the Ride,' the exhibit contains as many modes of transport as will fit through the front door of the Carnegie library building.

A surrey - a horse-drawn carriage - with a fringe on top barely made it through the double front doors with inches to spare. A towering gasoline pump with a fragile glass globe on top was gingerly moved inside.

'The glass globe costs $800 and they don't make them any more,' said Bonnie Jepsen, board member.

Perhaps the strangest items in the display is a mostly wooden bicycle borrowed from the Sandy Historical Society. Labeled 'HAYSEED,' the bike - originally found in a granary at 12-Mile Corner, and more than once rescued from the dump and the burning pile - finally made its way to the Sandy museum.

It has only one wheel, and mostly wooden parts, including the bentwood handlebars. The bike is the kind of curiosity that inspires a lot of conjecture.

Tim Fritts, with the Sandy Actors Readers Theatre, which presents readers' theatre every third Monday at the Gresham museum, notes that some of the nuts on the pedals date to about 1930. He concludes that the bike was still in use then.

Museum regular Tom Metzger, born in 1925, would have been 5 at the time somebody patched up the wooden bike.

Weather permitting, the opening day exhibit will include antique fire trucks and cars and a flyover from the Troutdale airport by an antique airplane.

A second evening opportunity to see the exhibit will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, when the historical society holds its membership meeting. The meeting begins at Linnemann Station, at Powell Boulevard and 190th Avenue, but will include a tour of the new exhibit in the facility on Main Avenue.

Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

For further information, contact the museum by calling 503-661-0347.