New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum brings agricultural heritage to life
With a 20-foot fan, this Aermotor windmill stands like a sentinel at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
The main building is reminiscent of a ranch house.
The "boneyard" is home to relatively new pieces in the Heritage Museum's collection. "New Mexico has 3,000 years of agricultural heritage," says Curator Toni Laumbach. "Not all states can boast that."
Part of the collection: a manure spreader, used between 1890 and 1925.
Tools of the blacksmith's craft.
A home-made tree digger/root cutter. Assembled from parts ranging from the 1930s (the wood spoked wheels) to 1948 (Chevy truck parts), the seven-ton behemoth was once used in a pecan orchard in Las Cruces. Two water heater tanks on either side of the engine were filled with dirt, serving as ballast. "This is very reflective of the self-sufficiency, the ingenuity of the farmer," Laumbach says. "They just made do with what they had."