The Montana Museum Of Work History is proud to announce our latest, but certainly not oldest exhibit.

The Brecht Company was established in 1853 and eventually sold product around the world. They even produced steam and gasoline cars in 1920.

This is a steam pressure vessel that was originally designed for rendering lard. It’s a heavy double wall riveted tank in amazing condition for being 162 years old.

It is generally believed that the efficacy of these vessels in rendering lard led to it’s early adaption as one of the oldest, if not the oldest, hot tub in Montana. It’s conjectured that the modern day electrically heated and jetted hot tubs owe much of current  success to this early predecessor.

The elegant but industrial strength ladder ensures easy access by the users with the utmost need of the therapeutic process. The elevated design ensure easy and complete drainage after use.

Although designed to be heated by steam, this incorporates an early propane fueled water boiler as a backup system. Gauges and controls for pressure are intact and functional. The flux regulator is in remarkable operating condition.

You will notice that the water jet propulsion system reflects the rather cavalier attitude toward safety of that time with an unguarded propeller. The antique gas engine has seen better days and is not functional at this time.

Please feel free to climb inside and take a trip back in time.

We are in the process of restoring the original light and sound system. Look for more this Summer!