Hesston Steam Museum

La Porte, IN

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Address: 1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350, USA How do we get there? Number: 219-778-2783
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History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum, where REAL steam locomotives can take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through the Indiana landscapes, through the deep woods, past the sparkling lakes and alongside farm fields!

There are three railroads at the Hesston Steam Museum, and each of them have their very own story! Their largest locomotive is the Shay type, that once hauled logs out of the mountains in the West. 

The vintage Kiddieland is the medium sized locomotive, and once provided entertainment in amusement parks during the 1920s, and right through to the 1970s!

The smallest one can take your family through the woods and on a bridge route that is perfect for kids of all ages - get those conductor hats at the ready!

The Hesston Steam Museum itself is filled with other steam powered machinery including a steam-powered saw mill, a railroad steam crane, steam powered electric power plant, AND a steam traction engines and more, all to educate visitors on the amazingly rich railroad history!

You can even visit a rustic blacksmith shop that was indispensable back in the early 1900s. Open over various days throughout the operating system, it really gives kids a chance to imagine what life was like over 100 years ago!

Are you ready to steam your way into your next family day out? We hope so, because the Hesston Steam Museum is waiting for YOU!

Activity location


Just minutes off I-94 or Indiana Tollroad I-80 / 90

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How much does it cost?



Some days offer free admission, special events have a fee so check online



Some days offer free admission, special events have a fee so check online


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Hesston Steam Museum FAQ’s

Browse the museum, experience the ghost train and have fun with your family!

Doc's menus are filled with great tasting food, from delicious ice creams, burgers, shakes, corn dogs, smoked meats and even more selections on special events like the Labor Day weekend Steam & Power show. Doc's also do delicious breakfasts too!

There is also a smokehouse open on select special weekends!

You can have your birthday at Doc's Ice Cream Parlor!

The Depot Store has one of a kind items (that's their gift shop!) so stop by before you leave! They have scoured the USA for the best gifts, and even have a special area for girls!

Restaurant, gift shop, The Hesston ghost train

They have plenty of healthy options at Doc's!

Give them a call to ask about the accessibility of the trains and museum!

It's temporarily closed so check their website for updates expected soon

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