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Koreshan State Park

Fairbanks-Morse Diesel Engine
Model #: 32B14 Engine #:
Bore & Stroke: 14" x 17" Cylinders: two
Horsepower: 120 RPM: 360
Current Owner: Koreshan State Park link
Current Location: Estero, Florida map
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.

External Links

Koreshan State Park
Research article outlining the Koreshan Unity colony's ties to Henry Ford
Heather McCurdy's blog tour of Koreshan State Park
Daytripping with Kyle Jordan: Koreshan State Park