Monday, September 15, 2008

The Pulley that Broke the Plains

Photo by Chas S. Clifton

A close-up of pulleys and chains on that operated an old McCormick combine, one designed to be tractor-pulled rather than self-propelled.

I am no expert on agricultural implements, but I suspect that it dates from the 1950s, no later.

It seems to be part of the prairie aesthetic to park obsolete threshing machines, etc., on tops of knolls, either as local landmarks or memorials to farming as it was. (Or because the nearest scrap-metal dealer is 70 miles away.) This one is near Finley, North Dakota.

This post's title is a weak allusion to the movie The Plow that Broke the Plains, made during the Dust Bowl and something anyone interested in North American ecology should watch.



OpenID dawa-lhamo-9 said...

I'll pass this on to my brother. He just got our late grandfather's old combine working and he's going to be planting wheat in fields that have laid fallow for over a decade. Thanks for posting!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great photo.

4:13 PM  

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