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Horses Are Quiet. Tractors Are Loud.

2017 Exhibit at Museum of the Grand Prairie

During the early 1920s a farm power revolution started as tractors began replacing horses as the primary source of farm power. For decades, draft horses were the farm power kings.

Breeds like Percherons and Shires revolutionized farm power in their own right. Champaign County had more horses than any other type of livestock, and breeders and implement dealers catered to the horse farming industry.

World War I changed everything. Horses and farm workers went off to war, creating a shortage in farm power even as farm production needed to increase. The tractor emerged as a new power source capable of doing more work with fewer people in less time.

After the war, tractors and horses worked together, but tractors were soon developed that could replace the horse. By the 1950s, the tractor was the new farm power king. Landscapes changed, lifestyles changed, and modern mechanized agriculture was born. For more information contact Mark Hanson, mhanson@ccfpd.org or (217) 586-2612.


Exhibit Opening: Saturday March 11, 1-5 p.m.
950 North Lombard, Mahomet, IL 61853
The exhibit opening will include horse and tractor
related activities! All ages! FREE. For more
information contact (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@
ccfpd.org. The exhibit runs through December 31, 2017.