Near Avon in Powell County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Valley of a Thousand Haystacks
To work the beaver slide, a large rake piled high with hay is run up the arms of the slide (the sloping portion of the “catapult”). At the top the hay dumps onto the stack. The side gates (the cage part) keep the stack in a neat pile and make it possible to stack higher. The sides were added to the system in the late 1940s. Although the lifting of the rake is usually powered by a take-off from a tractor, truck or car axle, on some operations horse teams still provide the rpm’s to muscle the hay up the slide.
Aside from minor improvements, the beaver slide has remained unchanged since its inception. Once used throughout a good portion of the northern west, modern technology that can shape hay into bales, loaves or huge
Location. 46° 35.462′ N, 112° 39.424′ W. Marker is near Avon, Montana, in Powell County. Marker is on U.S. 12 1½ miles west of Chokecherry Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avon MT 59713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winter of 1886 (approx. 13.2 miles away); 1959 Riot (approx. 14.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 417 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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