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June 13th: Heinz History Museum


Ann thought this was a good idea. Gotta humor her sometimes.

We stopped by the Heinz History Center Thursday June 13th in downtown Pittsburgh, but not after a little adventure. At one point SIRI highlighted two competing exits. Unsure which one to take, we guessed wrong had to drive an extra fifteen minutes. That SIRI is one tricky ‘helper’!

When we finally arrived we couldn’t find any parking. Fortunately, my wife is broken, so we have the handicapped pass. Otherwise, we’d have driven away.

The museum specialized in Western Pennsylvania history. Gerald had recommended we stop by and mentioned there was a jeep. So, I wasn’t surprised when we walked into the lobby and spotted a jeep right away on a first floor display. It turned out to be #1007 BRC-60. That means it was likely the 8th jeep ever built. It was donated to the museum in 1944 and looks in great shape.

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I wasn’t prepared for the other jeeps we saw. On the second floor we encountered a beautiful Bantam Speedster. I think my name was on that one somewhere. I was all ready to take it for a spin.


Next we spotted a Bantam BRC-40 (third generation Bantam jeep). Note the Bantam factory photo to the right.


Finally, we spotted the front of this wagon (with the rest painted as background)


I’d hoped to find something in the gift store with Bantam on it, but there was nothing :-(.

Eventually, we landed in Canton and Bob and Mindy’s for the night (thanks for dinner Mindy!). Bob and Brenda joined us as well and we had a wonderful evening. On Friday morning we drove to the Bantam Festival. The shock of rising at 6am on Friday was too much for Ann, as she is now sacked out in the tent.

More from the Festival tomorrow.


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