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Aerial of 1964 National Plowing Contest, Wheatland, N.D.
Aerial of 1964 National Plowing Contest, Wheatland, N.D.
TitleAerial of 1964 National Plowing Contest, Wheatland, N.D.
Date of Original1964-09
DescriptionThis aerial photograph shows the "tent city" that was filled with farm displays and exhibits. There are many people, cars, tents, buildings, silos, and air planes visible. There is a large billboard sign that reads, "1964 National Plowing Contest, September 17, 18, 19."
General SubjectAerials
Subject (LCTGM)Aerial photographs
Exhibition facilities
Recreational vehicles
Organization NameNational Plowing Contest
LocationWheatland (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
Item Number2070.517.3
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original19 x 35 cm.
Transcription"6 Col Tomto, Key - Plowville" and "83 1/2"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/History"Many organizations worked together to turn the State Plowing Contest of 1964 into a national competition known as the National Plowing Contest and Soil Conservation Field Days. The farm of Elmer and Ramona Fraase near Wheatland was chosen to host the event. Three acres of trees were planted as an example of windbreaks. Fraase planted 300 acres of alfalfa to be used as an airplane runway and parking lot during the event. Power lines and light poles were erected as well as a 250-foot radio tower. Interstate 94 was still under construction, but permission was obtained from the government to open the road during this event, connecting the plow contest with the city of Fargo."
Bibliographic ReferenceTom Hoheisel and Andrew R. Nielsen. Images of America: Cass County. (Chicago: Arcadia, 2007), 45.
Repository InstitutionCass County Historical Society
Repository CollectionCass County Historical Society Photography Collection 2070 (Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo)
Credit LineCass County Historical Society,Bonanzaville, West Fargo (2070.517.3)
Ordering Information,
(701) 282-2822
Cass County Historical Society
1351 West Main Ave.
West Fargo, ND 58078
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdm20705173
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