G rab a bag and head on over to the Saratoga Automobile Museum to enjoy, a genuine piece of New York Automotive History. The legendary Popcorn Wagon has arrived at its new permanent home at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Spa State Park.
The 1925 Model T Ford originally purchased by Albert Rich of Cambridge, New York was a specialty vehicle made by C. Cretor that used a white gas powered engine that had a steam driven powerhouse for cooking up tasty popcorn, hot dogs and other treats. The unique vehicle, one of only two ever made, was driven by Mr. Rich, and then his daughter Dorothy Rich Madison, and became a mainstay of summertime memories along the Eastern Seaboard.
According to Mike Flinton, Director of Operations at the museum “The museum is extremely excited about unveiling Dorothy’s Popcorn Wagon to everyone, and having a permanent home where it will maintain its legacy for years to come as both an educational tool and amazing story of perseverance. The display that accompanies it will include a video documentary from the 1970’s as well as photos and stories.”
The intent by agreement with Rich family, is that it will be permanently maintained on exhibit at the museum. However, on occasion, it will be made available upon request to official organizations of Cambridge, NY.
The museum’s Chairman of the Board, Bob Bailey of Racemark Inc. is working with one of the popcorn wagon’s former operators, Kim Klopstock, to identify the skills, knowledge and ability needed to safely operate the vehicle’s normal mechanical functions as well as it’s steam powered food service abilities.
The museum intends to have the vehicle fully operational in the near future.
To learn more about this unique vehicle, visit the museum’s Web site at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.