Steam Power Tractors

Steam Engine at work

I was sifting through some images from last Summer, and thinking about Summer and how far away it still is. I’m realizing that it is still months away as I was drifting into nowhere land and that’s when I found ’em. My pics from last years Tractor Fair.

Steam Power, the beginning of the industrial age in farming, a new fangled monstrosity of iron, steel, brass, and belts. A belching, driving, churning, thumping of horse power without the horses.

Most are gone

These big boys were soon sent to the sideline with the coming onslaught of the diesel tractor , those beautiful John Deere  and Allis-Chalmers, the Fords and Internationals with those great body styles, ah but I digress!

Anyway away they went unused, unappreciated and put to pasture(so to speak). In the 1940’s most of these iron dinosaurs came close to real extinction with the war effort to convert all that heavy iron into tanks and such to defeat the Germans and Japanese in WW II. Still a few guys held on and buried them away in a barn somewhere, and I am thankful they did.

Seeing these tractors run, to hear all that power, and feel the clanking, clanging and earth-shattering movement as it rolls past . . . is worth it. You almost feel as though you’ve been transported back into another time and place.

Amish Country

The event happens every summer In Holmes County, Ohio over at the Mt. Hope auction grounds. The same auction grounds where there are a lot of livestock auctions and other auctions that cater to the surrounding Amish community, all great events to take in and enjoy the day.

Well it’s back to dreaming about summer and another event filled Summer here in beautiful East Central Ohio.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


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