ACME Folding Boat
Wood & Canvas Collapsible Rowboat
ACME Folding Boats were manufactured in Miamisburg, OH from approx. 1890 to 1950. We don’t know the exact vintage of this particular specimen, but it was actually registered with the Iowa DNR from 1974 to 1981. The owners passed away, and their son donated the boat to the Indian Creek Nature Center. The boat is approx 10’ long, 36” wide, shows normal wear and a couple of minor holes, and appears to be complete with the exception of having no oars.
Photos of the boat have been posted on flickr:
Information on ACME Folding Boats of 1920’s vintage:
Info on ACME Folding Boats in an 1895 Montgomery Wards catalog:
While the boat could potentially return to the water, it probably deserves a place of respect in a collection or museum display. We welcome your bids and/or suggestions for the most appropriate use of this piece of boating history.
Contact Rich Patterson, Director of the Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, IA.
About the Indian Creek Nature Center…
Indian Creek Nature Center is a private, non-profit nature center providing environmental education for all ages that is funded by memberships, income from programs, donations, and grants. The 210 acres with four miles of trails provide woodlands, prairies, wetlands and riparian forests for a unique outdoor classroom. The Nature Center staff and volunteers provide leadership for a variety of learning experiences.
The interpretive center, a remodeled 1932 dairy barn, houses exhibits, an auditorium, offices, gift shop and restrooms. The grounds near the barn contain a butterfly garden, Vermont-style maple sugar house, herb garden, frog pond, bee hives, bat houses, bluebird trail, sugarbush and prairie. Picnic tables are available for your use.
ACME Folding Boat
…Since it was a Acme boat and we all know how Wiley E .Coyote liked to use stuff from Acme in his pursuit of the RoadRunner …I’m sure this boat was used by Wiley at some point in time, to chase the Roadrunner, therefore…i think it should go in a museum
how 'bout the UI museum of nat. history?