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Robert Wadlow is born in Alton, Illinois. He holds the record for the tallest human being and suffered from hyperplasia of the pituitary gland. At the time of his death at age 22, he was 8'11.1" tall and weighed 439 lbs. His growth had not stopped.

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Ride a Piece of Peoria History

Wheels O' Time Museum

  • 10 September 2019
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 10/5/2019 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event

Ride the newly restored 1931 Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine! This spectacular truck accommodates six to eight people and will run two to three times per hour. What an adventure this will be!

Regular admission rates apply. Donations will be gratefully accepted to assist with the maintenance of this beautiful fire truck.

Cost: Payment required - Regular admission rates to the museum apply ($3.50 - $9). Donations will be gratefully accepted to assist with the maintenance of this beautiful fire truck. 6–8 people per group, 2–3 groups per hour. Schedule your group during your visit at the museum. Bring your camera and we will take your picture!

More information can be found at or on our Facebook Page.

Wheels O' Time Museum
1710 W Woodside Drive 
Dunlap, Illinois 61525 (Map)

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