Cliff has a copy of that book on the left in the above picture that he has treated almost like a bible; he's carried with him many times when he's gone "old-tractor-shopping", and has pulled it out often when giving advice to those who seek it. The book lists the power of various tractors tested at this place. Now, both he and I thought this tractor-testing stopped sometime in the '70's (because that's as far as that particular book went), but no, the testing still goes on. Back in 1920, anybody could build a tractor and make whatever claims about it he wanted. Someone in the state of Nebraska decided any tractor being sold in the state should be tested for power to prevent salesmen from making false claims.
A student showed us around the small museum.
It was rather a lucky "people" day for Cliff, because the student's dad wandered in looking for his son, whom he hadn't seen for a while. Turns out both dad and son are tractor aficionados, and they had quite a little chat with my husband.
We left the university grounds. We ate a quick peanut butter sandwich in the car because the Museum of Speed was next on our list of places to visit, and this time of year it's only open from noon to 4:30, Fridays only.
I looked up a lot of the reviews about this place, and never found a single negative one. Most people gave it five stars, and I'm going to also... mainly because of the man who showed us through the place, who made it so interesting. I love stories and story-tellers.
I'll just throw in a couple of pictures I took, because what's an entry about a race museum without a picture of a race car?
Today, the Nebraska State Capitol, then to Kearney to a highly-rated museum there, and finally, we'll go on to Pioneer Village at Minden.