Prairie Land Heritage Museum Institute
The Prairie Land Heritage Museum Institute is a large outdoor museum dedicated to preserving farming heritage, machinery, methods, steams engines and crafts. Founded in 1969, the museum is located on the grounds of the former Jacksonville State Hospital. A highlight is the the miniature steam powered locomotive train that includes the engine, passenger cars, a depot, water tower and one mile of track. People can ride the train for only 50 cents each. Several buildings, including the permanent museum building built in 1994, a 19th century church, and a replica general store, are also located on the museum grounds.
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