Posts From The Road: Cloud Museum

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Motor Home: One of the more unusual vehicles in Cloud’s collection is this 1930 Model A House Car. A predecessor to the Recreation Vehicles we see on the road today, the House Car had kitchen, sleeping area with bunk beds, and a toilet. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Rows and Rows: Model A and T Ford cars and trucks in various conditions sit in rows outdoors at Cloud Museum in Bard, Calif. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Pristine: Model T and Model A cars and and trucks sit in a metal barn. These vehicles are a bit dusty but are otherwise in pristine condition. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Situated in the tiny community of Bard, Calif. is a most unusual museum, Cloud Museum. The museum sits on a few acres surrounded by farms and orchards and the only city of any size is Yuma, Ariz., 10 miles to the south and east.

The museum is a collection of longtime Bard resident Johnny Cloud. The collection consists of cars, trucks, farm equipment, tools, and an assortment of household items. However, what stands out is the collection of Model T and Model A Ford automobiles and trucks.

More than 100 model T’s and A’s sit lined in rows outdoors while a metal barn protects rows of pristine antique cars and trucks. The collection of Model A’s and Model T’s is said to be the largest collection in the world.

The museum is open every day and is often hosted by Johnny Cloud himself.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Lined Up: A telephoto view of the fronts of the front ends of the antique automobiles sitting outdoors at the Cloud Museum. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Cloud Farms: One of the buildings housed a bright yellow truck with Cloud Farms, Bard, CA on the sides of the vehicle. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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