LaPorte’s Rumely and Allis-Chalmers history come alive at newly opened heritage center

Photos and information by Bob Wellinski

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More than 100 people visited the Rumely Allis-Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center on its first day open to the public Saturday, April 22, 2017. At the open house, visitors viewed vintage Rumely OilPulls and Allis-Chalmers tractors and farm implements made in LaPorte, as well as memorabilia linked to those two iconic LaPorte industries.

The center will be open the first Saturday of each month on May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, and Sept 2. Labor Day weekend visits may be made by appointment. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A grand opening is planned for Oct. 7.

The center is located next to the LaPorte County Solid Waste District office and the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter, off West Ind. 2 adjacent to the fairgrounds.

The nonprofit Rumely Allis-Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center is dedicated to promoting, through its center and projects, a better understanding and appreciation of the agricultural and industrial heritage of the Rumely and Allis-Chalmers companies, their employees, dealers and customers.

For more information, visit www.rumelyallis.com and the Rumely Allis-Chalmers La Porte Heritage Center page on Facebook.

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