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ALGER-SULLIVAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
One might wonder why The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society in Century, Florida, would devote a whole section of their website to an old steam engine. The fact is that this particular engine is symbolic of a time when the reason for the town's existence, the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company, was headed toward its end.
This locomotive was for years ever present and visible, chuffing its way around the mill yard and even up on the L&N tracks by the railroad station. Many who were raised in the little town of Century can recall seeing it working steadily and regularly. Even in later years it was on prominent display on Front Street where a couple of generations of children would climb on it and pretend they were really engineers. When we found that it was languishing at a railroad museum in Indiana, we pursued its purchase to bring back "home" so it could be placed as a static display.
We applied for and received a grant in 2007 from the State of Florida for "historical preservation" which included aquisition and restoration. Our application was submitted to Tallahassee three times and finally we were able to bring Old 100 steam engine home to Century in May of 2007.
The following pages give a bit of history behind the engine and its symbolism. They consist of articles written over the last few years about the engine and pictures taken somewhat recently of its present condition. They should bring you up to date on its importance to our little town.
If you have any questions you may email the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
This page last modified on Monday, February 27, 2012