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San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

From Horse to Horsepower

Forest Home Farms Historic Park

— Celebrate San Ramon's History —

 
 
From Horse to Horsepower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
1. From Horse to Horsepower Marker
Inscription.  Man power or animal power – that was the choice for most farmers up until the 1930s to till, sow and reap their crops. Gas engines existed from the early 19th century but were only able to do stationary farm and household chores like grinding grain, churning butter, splitting logs, and washing clothes.

In 1910, there were more than 24 million horses and mules on American farms, about three of four animals per farm. Early tractors were steam-powered – big, hard to operate, and dangerous. The first gas-powered tractor was introduced in 1892.

In 1917, Henry Ford designed the first mass-produced farm tractor, the Fordson, and it caught on fast. By 1920, ten percent of California farmers were using tractors, well ahead of the rest of the nation. But tractor wheels sank in soft soil and Benjamin Holt solved that problem with his caterpillar tractor treads that rolled over soggy ground. Forest Home Farms has an extensive collection of tractors and engines housed in this tractor museum. Forest Home Farm Historic Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources

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City of San Ramon encourages our residents to enjoy this beautiful park in celebration of our historic past. By acquiring, protecting and maintaining this valuable parkland, the City of San Ramon is preserving for current and future generations natural places where people and other living things can thrive.
 
Erected by City of San Ramon.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
 
Location. 37° 44.101′ N, 121° 57.142′ W. Marker is in San Ramon, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from San Ramon Valley Boulevard. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand outside the barn that serves as the warehouse barn that serves as the tractor museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon CA 94583, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Working Together (within shouting distance of this marker); The Business of Running a Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); First People of the East Bay (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sunrise to Sunset (about 400 feet away); Forest Home Farms Historic Park (about 400 feet away); Bounty of the Land
From Horse to Horsepower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
2. From Horse to Horsepower Marker
(about 400 feet away); The Boone House (about 500 feet away); Clement Pierre Elissondo (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Ramon.
 
Also see . . .  Forest Home Farms Historic Park.
"Forest Home Farms Historic Park preserves, promotes, collects, interprets and exhibits the agricultural history of the San Ramon Valley."
(Submitted on July 13, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.) 
 
Outdoor tractor & equipment display image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
3. Outdoor tractor & equipment display
Outdoor tractor & equipment display image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
4. Outdoor tractor & equipment display
Outdoor tractor & equipment display image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
5. Outdoor tractor & equipment display
Outdoor tractor & equipment display image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 9, 2022
6. Outdoor tractor & equipment display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 13, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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