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Max Nordeen and an old family portrait.

Remember Max Nordeen (Gone)

Field review by the editors.

Woodhull, Illinois

We were saddened to hear the news in December, 2004 of the death of Max Nordeen, the colorful owner and curator of the Wheels Museum, Woodhull, Illinois. We felt compelled to do something in memory of a guy who struggled to convince his town and the public that his museum contained really interesting stuff.

If we don't remember Max, who else will? So we dug into our old video tapes.

From a 1998 visit:

Quicktime Movie clipThe Broom Corn Capital of the World

Max tells a story about why no one will care about the Wheels Museum once he is dead. (3 mb Quicktime .mov)

Quicktime Movie clipA Zeppelin Visits Davenport

Max performs a short reenactment of the Graf Zeppelin's historic visit to Davenport, Iowa. (953k Quicktime. mov)

Quicktime Movie clipThe Mystery of the Naked Lady

Max recounts how the identity of an antique naked lady photo in his collection was revealed after 35 years. (7.8 mb Quicktime. mov)

Max, was an early (and rare living) inductee into's Hall of Immortals. He is now an official greeter in the Hall.

And more Max stories and videos from our 1991 visit and 1998 visit.

Max's plaque.January 2005: Cathy Illman sent us a photo of Max's engraved tombstone from her visit in July 2003. In those last years, Max included a trip out to the cemetery as part of his tour.

Max Nordeen's Wheels Museum


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