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Cruisin' on a Summer Afternoon: A visit to the Swigart Automobile Museum. (Jerome A. Holst © 2005)

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The Swigart Antique Auto Museum (which is older than the Henry Ford Museum) started in 1920. It was founded by William E. Swigart, Jr. whose passion for cars built up a collection of vehicles that now number in the hundreds. Only 30 to 40 of the cars in the collection are on display at any one time.

Many of the cars in the collection (like a 1981 DeLorean) are frequently "on the road" traveling to car meets, rallies, parades and various community events.

Exhibits in the West Wing of the Swigart Museum
The West Wing of the Swigart Collection

Car Collector magazine named the Swigart Museum one of the ten best large auto museums in the United States. The museum is open seasonally from Memorial Day thru October (9:00 am - 5:00 p.m. daily). Their website is located at

As I exited the front of the museum, WALY 103.9 cranked out the lyrics to the song "Shotgun...Do the Jerk, Baby" while the mellifluous voice of K.C. O'Day continued to invite listeners to come on down and enjoy the Friday festivities at the Swigart Museum.

Having had my fill of automobiles and hotdogs, I returned to my modest 1998 black Chevrolet Prizm, turned on the ignition and carefully steered my car back towards Interstate 22.

As I pulled on to the highway, I tuned my car radio to WALY 103.9 so I could continue to listen to their roster of golden oldie tunes as I cruised home.

Along the way, I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to be the owner of one of the fancy cars that I had seen at the museum grounds. Well, maybe one day, I thought. But first, I'd have to clean out my garage to make room for such a treasure. Suddenly, my plans for a new car began to dim. See also Autos: VW - "Herbie the Love Bug"

Closeup of Swqigart Museum
Close-up of the Swigart Museum Front Entrance

Cars at Swigart Museum Car Show
More automobiles at the Swigart Museum Car Show

Swigart Museum Lobby
Swigart Museum Lobby

Antique Vehicles at Swigart Museum
An assortment of early 20th century vehicles

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