Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, Plattsburgh

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The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum in Plattsburgh, New York, United States, founded in 2000 to be a museum dedicated to the history of Lozier Motors, has grown in scope to cover all the transportation in the region. It includes artifacts and displays on the history of land and water based transportation in the region, especially on Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The museum was the idea of Anthony Vaccaro, a Plattsburgh physician, who owned and restored a 1915 Lozier. He saw a museum dedicated to Lozier Motors as a way of promoting Plattsburgh's rich history. Despite the museum's expanded scope, the Lozier remains its centerpiece. The museum's Type 82 Lozier is the only known Type 82 in existence.
The museum officially opened on the site of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in 2004 with the help of a corps of volunteers. Its permanent collection includes two Lozier Automobiles. Also housed at the museum are the Bill Gates Diner (a cafe housed in a trolley car), a 1924 REO Speed Wagon used by Plattsburgh Motor Services' founder Walter Church, a 1929 Model A Ford and a 1967 Jaguar.

1903 Oldsmobile (Reproduction)

1910 National Speedster

1911 Kissell Kar Speedster

1914 Lozier 5 Passenger Touring

1915 Lozier 7 Passenger Touring

1915 Ford Model T Roadster

1917 Ford Model T Race Car

1918 Dodge Limousine

1923 Dodge 5 Passenger Touring

1924 REO Truck

1925 Ford Model T Bobtail Racer

1927 Pierce Arrow Sedan

1929 Ford Model A Touring Right Hand Drive

1930 Ford Model AA w/Compressor

1930 Ford Huckster Truck

1930 Ford 5 Window Coupe

1934 Dodge Fire Truck

1940 DeSoto Taxi

1942 Willys Jeep

1947 Crosley Coupe

1948 Plymouth Coupe (Fire Chief's Car)

1948 Dodge Convertible

1949 Dodge Sedan

1949 Riley LeMans Roadster (Country of origin: UK)

1953 Triumph Renown Saloon (Country of origin: UK)

1956 Buick Century

1957 Ford Skyliner

1960 BMW Isetta

1960 Cadillac Deville Hardtop

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

1967 Jaguar XK-E Roadster (Country of origin: UK)

1969 Pontiac Trans-Am

1970 Pontiac Trans-Am

1981 Home-Built Electric TowncarFollowing a 2006 grant that helped establish the museum, in 2007, the museum received a $1 million grant from the New York State Department of Transportation to assist in the

upgrade of the museum's infrastructure. The museum is required to raise $200,000 in order to receive the grant and in January 2008 it began a capital campaign to achieve this goal.
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  • We visited this museum about a year ago. It is an AMAZING collection! We were shown around by a knowledgeable and interesting man who has items in the museum and has worked on others – this place...  more »
  • If you like cars, this is the place for you. There are also toy trains and cars and fire engines. Most of all, by learning about each will learn about history and sociology and...  more »
  • Small city. Not much to do, right? Go here when open. Always fun to learn the history of an area.
  • What an excellent tour and perfect rainy day activity! Our tour guide, Rob, was full of fun facts about not only the different forms of transportation we were seeing but about the local area/history. Super informative and much more than we could have ever expected for the price. Highly recommended if you're in the area!

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