Farming With Plows
The four most common plows in the history of Southern agriculture are the walking plow, the sulky plow, the gang plow, and the tractor plow. The walking plow, usually pulled by mules, was guided by a plow man, who walked behind the implement and held the plow handles. The sulky plow, invented by John Deere in 1875, had a seat and wheels to permit the plowman to sit while mules pulled the tool across the field. The gang plow, which featured multiple bottoms, three wheels, and a seat allowing a plowmen to ride, was also horse- or mule-drawn. The tractor plow, pulled by a tractor, revolutionized agriculture by not only allowing farmers to cut far more furrows than would have been possible with earlier animal-drawn implements, but it also afforded farmers far greater flexibility in terms of the plow blades that could he attached to the implement.
The cutting tools on a plow are commonly called bottoms. Agricultural historians commonly classify bottoms into four groups:
a) moldboard, breaks up the soil and turns it to one side, and "molds" it
b) a disk is designed to break up hard packed soil
c) chisel (C-shaped) plows
d) rotary plows, whose rotating blades mix manure and other nutrients into soil
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
Location. 32° 49.042′ N, 91° 12.575′ W. Marker is in Lake Providence, Louisiana, in East Carroll Parish. Marker can be reached from U.S. 65 south of Schrock Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7162 US-65, Lake Providence LA 71254, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farming By Hand (here, next to this marker); The Barn (a few steps from this marker); Gin Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hood Home Plantation (about 400 feet away); Lake Providence Confederate Monument (approx. 1˝ miles away); Soldiers' Rest (approx. 1.7 miles away); Battle for the Mississippi: The Vicksburg Campaign (approx. 2.2 miles away); Grant's March Through Louisiana (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Providence.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Louisiana Cotton Museum.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.