Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Macomber Rotary Engine Exhibit at Rand Desert Museum

We just got back from a week's vacation in Lone Pine, Death Valley, and Tecopa. Our first stop along the way was the Rand Desert Museum in the ghost town of Randsburg. Historian Bart Parker (right) has recently put up an exhibit about my great-grandfather, Walter G. Macomber, who worked in the Rand area between 1899-1909--first, as an engineer in the Croesus and Ratcliff mines owned by his wife's uncle, W. W. Godsmark; and later, at the Randsburg Water Company. While employed by the water company, Macomber invented a rotary engine for use in airplanes and cars.
The exhibit takes up three display cases in the back room of the museum--photos above and below. It includes items such as a biography of Walter Macomber, the engine's specifications, and an investors' prospectus for the Eagle-Macomber Car Company, which had a factory in Sandusky, Ohio.
Here are a couple of detail shots from the exhibit--above, an article about the engine's use in early aviation; and below, a promotional ad for the Eagle-Macomber car.
More information about Walter Macomber can be found on previous posts of this blog and also on the Rand Desert Museum website by clicking here. We are very interested in locating an actual Macomber rotary engine and an Eagle-Macomber car. If anyone out there has any leads, please contact Bart Parker at the Rand Desert Museum by clicking here, or contact me through my website,