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Near Syracuse in Davis County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sickle Mowers

 
 
Sickle Mowers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
1. Sickle Mowers Marker
Inscription.  

During the 1840s-1850s, workers harvested grass hay by hand and loaded it onto wagons to be stored for winter feed.

By 1870, field hands switched to sickle mowers, like these displayed here, to harvest their hay. Initially drawn by horses, these mowers were later pulled by trucks and tractors. The lowlands on the island provided the best watered areas where grasses could grow tall. After cutting, workers employed rakes such as these to turn the rows of cut hay over to allow it to dry faster. If the hay was rained on it could be ruined, so the faster the hay dried the better.
 
Erected by Utah State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 40° 55.602′ N, 112° 9.996′ W. Marker is near Syracuse, Utah, in Davis County. Marker can be reached from Antelope Island Road. The marker is located at the Fielding Garr Ranch Historic Site, Antelope Island State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Syracuse UT 84075, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of

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this marker. Combines (within shouting distance of this marker); Rippers (within shouting distance of this marker); Bailers (within shouting distance of this marker); Horse-Drawn Wagons (within shouting distance of this marker); Tractors (within shouting distance of this marker); Trucks (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fielding Garr Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
 
Sickle Mower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
2. Sickle Mower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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