Iowa man builds The Barns museum around horse-drawn implements, buggies and wagons
Original paint on the rear axle of a Studebaker wagon.
Pulled by three horses, this spade mulcher was used to work ground after it had been cleared. It was manufactured by Diamond Horseshoe Co., Duluth, Minn.
J.R. Pearson has collected vintage dray wagons and horse-drawn equipment for 20 years. His collection is showcased in The Barns, a multi-building museum he developed in his hometown of Marcus, Iowa. Here he is seen with a Leidy stalk cutter.
J.R.’s International Harvester Cloverleaf manure spreader dates to about 1905.
J.R.’s Studebaker double-box wagon with brakes and seat. The rear axle is marked with the year 1894.
An exceptional original: This International Harvester no. 456 20-inch brush breaker was manufactured in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where it was probably used to break sod. It was pulled by a team of four horses.
A Stoddard dump rake dating to the 1890s.
J.R. restored this Louisville stalk cutter. Stalk cutters were used to remove standing stalks after corn was picked. The drag hooks on this model were made to line up the stalks for thorough cutting. A steel shield provided safety from the cutter’s blades and from flying debris.