Digging Up Drainage Tile

A drainage tile collection tells the important story of the solution to farm drainage problems.

Tile diggers
Tile installation on the Johnston farm in Will County, Illinois, in 1938. “All of the fields around Wilmington have to be drained using buried tile,” an early account notes. “The only tools used were spade, shovel and a rounded tiling shovel for shaping the bottom of the trench.”
Image courtesy www.nejohnston.org