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Breaking up the land
Breaking up the land
TitleBreaking up the land
Date of Original1880
DescriptionMan observing line of horse-drawn plows breaking sod.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectAgriculture
Subject (LCTGM)Horses
Agricultural laborers
LocationRed River Valley (Minn. & N.D.-Man.)
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.AgG46.4a
Format of OriginalLithographs
Color images
Dimensions of Original11 x 26 cm.
Publisher of OriginalGraphic
Place of PublicationLondon (England)
Transcription"Farming in the Red River Valley. These sketches illustrate work on one of the large wheat farms in the Red River Valley, the western boundary of Northern Minnesota. They show the several operations of 'Breaking, ' that is, turning the sod of the virgin prairie; 'Ploughing, ' for seeding; 'Reaping, ' and storing the grain in the Elevator or Grain Warehouse. The 'sulky' ploughs are drawn by three or four horses or mules, and either are driven by a man or boy. they are driven in echelon, each division, consisting of about fifteen ploughs, being under the supervision of a mounted superintendent. The prairie in this part of the country being level, the ploughs, as they move along mile after mile, leave a broad band of rich black loam to mark their progress. the same arrangement of labour is adopted for the cross-ploughing and reaping. The reaping is done by self-binders drawn by four horses, and driven by one man seated on the reaper, who is this way can reap about twelve acres a day, the self-binder cutting, binding, and laying the grain ready for the stockers. It is then carried off in wagons, threshed in the field, and the grain taken to the 'Elevator.' On small farms the same labour-saving machinery is much in use, and elevators as well as grain buyers are found at the principal stations of the St. Paul Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway, traversing this fertile valley, which has come to be regarded as the future wheat-field of America. This is the country and these the farms recently visited by Mr. Clare Sewell Read, M.P., and Mr. Albert Pell, M.P. Royalcommissioners, in their tour through Minnesota. - Accompanying text on page 143.
NotesTitle from caption with image.
Artist initials 'J C D."
One of seven images of series "Farming in the Red River Valley."
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.AgG46.4a)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00018
Original SourceThe Graphic, Aug. 7, 1880. p. 144-145.
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