Koreshan State Park

Model:32B14
Serial:
Bore:14"
Stroke:17"
Cylinders:2
Horsepower:120
RPM:360
Current Owner:Koreshan State Park
Current Location:Estero, Florida
Current Condition:Operational as display

Engine History

Koreshan State Park in Estero, Florida, owns a Fairbanks-Morse stationary generator nearly identical to the one used by the Koreshan Unity religious colony. The Koreshans used steam engines to provide power and later electricity to their colony until 1926, when they purchased a Fairbanks-Morse Y-model engine. This engine generated electricity for both the colony and parts of Estero until Florida Public Utilities expanded in 1946.

Volunteer Jim Purcell helped find a 1929 Y-model for display purposes at the state park. Purcell and other park volunteers offer weekly start-up demonstrations.