Agricultural History Series
 Missouri State University

Post Civil War Farm Equipment

Plows - 1860's

starling sulky plow This is the starling sulky plow for sod ground.  This plow was made in that shape which careful experiment  had shown to be best for turning the sod just as it should be.







Morrison steel beam walking plow Another piece of equipment that was used was the Morrison steel beam walking plow.  It was hardened in all of its wearing parts.  The weight of it was less than twelve pounds.  It was very popular in Boone and other parts of Missouri.
Combined Sulky and Gang Plow This cut represents the Combined Sulky and Gang Plow, entered by B. F. Avery & Sons.  It was used for old ground.  The constructors aimed for simplicity, strength, perfection in its working capacity, and especially ease of draft when they built the plow. 
Hughes' sulky plow This unique piece of equipment was called Hughes' sulky plow which was used for old land.  There were only two levers on the plow.  It turned square corners without taking the plow out of the ground, thus saving half an hour or more in plowing an acre. 
Evans sulky prairie breaker The Evans sulky prairie breaker was a dandy.  It was a fourteen inch walking plow that could be pulled by two horses. 


Thomas Smoothing Harrow cultivator for young crops This was the Thomas Smoothing Harrow.  This was a unique cultivator.  It was light, durable and efficient as a cultivator of young crops, such as corn and wheat. 

riding and walking cultivator


This instrument was a combined riding and walking cultivator.  It was simple and durable with the ends of beams and blocks behind shovels being Bessamer steel, thereby making them very light with great strength.

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