Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Prairie Village Tractor Show

Today, we went to visit the Prairie Village site and Tractor show in Madison, SD. This is a great site with many original structures from our frontier past. Each year, there is a wonderful antique tractor show featuring all kinds of historic tractors, threshing systems, saw mills, autos and much more.

This picture shows a steam powered CASE tractor that dates from the early 1900's. This thing is HUGE and very impressive to see under steam.

There are also a variety of antique cars such as this Ford Model A which was beautiful. We also saw some early Case autos -- they ended production by the mid 20's. 

It is impressive to see the hundreds of tractors and old equipment, most of which is in great, restored condition. Perhaps the most interesting thing to me was to see the old sawmill operation. Powered by an antique tractor, this 4' sawblade cut right though the tree log being fed into it. Talk about a lake of safety equipment!

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