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La Porte - Hesston Steam Museum

1201 East 1000 North

The Hesston Steam Museum is operated by the LaPorte County Historical Steam Society an all volunteer 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. A museum of steam powered and related vintage equipment including industrial, agriculture and railroads.This is not your average museum with glass cases. At the Hesston Steam Museum you step back into a time when steam was king. Our exhibits come The collection includes as 1900 vintage saw mill, 67 ton Shay Logging Locomotive, an electric generator, 92 ton railroad steam crane, traction engines, scale steam trains and much more, all steam powered.

At the Hesston Steam Museum, History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields. Ride our 1/4 scale and 1/8 scale  steam railroads. Both meander over bridges and through an enchanting wooded landscape. The Hesston Steam Museum is filled with other steam powered machinery including a steam-powered saw mill, a railroad steam crane, steam powered electric power plant, steam traction engines and more.Visit The Depot Store for a wide variety of steam related items including tee and sweat-shirts, "Thomas the Tank Engine"® toys and much more.


-To provide the most exciting learning experience in the area.

-Educating future generations about the role steam machinery played in this country and around the world.


Robin Witte

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
I have taken my boys here a few times to celebrate their birthdays. Every year I am amazed at the continued improvements to the museum. The train rides are great, if a little pricey, and you can go to their ice cream school, gift shop, and check out their big collection of tractors. My boys always have a blast. The surrounding area is beautiful too, so it's easy to get great photos and memories. There were 3 different sizes of trains that you could ride the last time we were there; a large, full sized train, a smaller train that adults can just fit in, and a tiny one that you ride on top!

Urzula Urzua

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Fabulous!! We just discovered this museum in June and we’ve been four times. That’s pretty often bc it takes us about two hours to get there! One time it took us three hours. Summer road construction is a bear! Great place for families and kids, and hobbyists like my husband. Three different styles of trains to ride.

Nicole Lucas

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Great family fun day. We go as often as we can every summer and never miss the haunted train ride or the Candy Cane express.

Ben Morlock

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Stand up place great atmosphere to spend the day. Have been taking my son to hesston for four years never been disappointed!!! Great volunteers and many great activitys during the season. Variety of attractions and events also great ice cream and gift shop it is a great place to see

john bunton

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
A great place for people of all ages who enjoy a bygone era of steam. Labor day weekend is one of the best experiences you will ever have but any weekend is fun. The ability to get so close to something as magical as a giant steam locomotive, steam operated crane, and steam operated sawmill is a dream come true for every little kid inside everyone. Many recent upgraded amenities have done nothing but improve the experience that you will have here. The look on your child's face when they see some of the working exhibits is well worth all of it.

Hesston Steam Museum is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media