Crossroads of Dixie Show Going Strong

The Crossroads of Dixie show in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., celebrated its 11 annual show in 2007. Editor Leslie C. McManus shares some of the tractors seen on site.

A 100 hp cold start Fairbanks, Morse & Co. engine from the 1930s chugs into action. Owned by father and son Charles Clanton and Chris Clanton, the engine was originally used to power a Livingston, Ala., cotton gin. The Clantons hauled the 2-cylinder, 29,600-pound monstrosity 50 miles to the Crossroads show from their home in Florence, Tenn. “I would like to set it in front of our house but my wife won’t let me,” Charles says with a smile. His collection includes several big boys ranging from 60 hp to 180 hp. “I guess I like what other people can’t handle,” he says. His Fairbanks features its original 3 hp Fairbanks-Morse pony starter engine.