Automobile history exhibit coming to Seymour museum

You may know about the coal-fired “steam buggy” that scared horses on local roads in the 1880s. Do you know who had the first gasoline-engine automobiles in Seymour? In Jackson County?

Who got stuck on muddy roads on the way to give a commencement speech at Hanover? Whose Seymour automobile had to be towed by horses across an Ohio River bridge into Louisville?

Could a 12-year-old have driven his family’s Studebaker Model 35 on a 3,000-mile trip to the East Coast and Maine in 1913? Without any trouble with the law?

Those are just some things that can be learned while visiting the Seymour Museum Center exhibit that includes the Indiana Historical Society’s Auto Indiana History on Wheels trailer.

Both the exhibit and the display inside the museum will open at noon June 21 through 23 and stay open until 7 p.m. June 21 and 5 p.m. June 22 and 23.

The exhibit highlights Indiana’s role in early motor vehicle development and includes some hands-on features for adults and children.

Both exhibits are free to the public, thanks to state and local sponsors, and are handicapped accessible. The trailer will be in the north parking lot at the museum on the southeast corner of Chestnut and Third streets in Seymour.

Other features of the exhibit include improvement from farm market roads to crossroads of state and national highways, hazards of car ownership and horse-pulled vehicles in the early 1900s and consideration of speed limits and license tags, transition from livery stables to automobile garages, the coming of filling stations, the coming and going of two automobile factories in Seymour in just over a year and establishment of a tourist rest and information center along with a change from Seymour Automobile Club to Jackson County Motor Club.