Vintage Tractor

Sometimes, I have to just go back through the archives and grab something interesting.  This is one of those days when I didn’t have a brand-new image to share so I pulled this up.

The tractor shown here is from the Cotton Gin Festival in Bostwick, Georgia.  There were lots and lots of John Deere tractors but this one was different.  I’m not a farm boy so, maybe it’s not all that unusual but I don’t recall ever seeing a Minneapolis Moline tractor before.

Minneapolis-Moline was formed in 1929 as a merger between three companies: Minneapolis Steel & Machinery, Minneapolis Threshing Machine and Moline Plow.  The company produced tractors and farm machinery in the Minneapolis, MN area and Moline, IL  up until its acquisition by White Motor Co  in 1963.  The brand continued under White until 1974 when the last Minneapolis-Moline was produced.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/10 – 1/60 sec – ISO 125

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Dixie King Cotton – Shed House No 3

I only got to look around for  a little while at the buildings from Dixie King Cotton company that still stand along the main street in Bostwick, Georgia.  Cotton was truly king throughout much of the South and was the main contributor to the establishment and growth of this town.

Small portions of the cotton business continue to operate in Bostwick but the original company started to diminish around the period of World War I and never recovered.  I need to get back here when I have more time and really explore.  It is a great little piece of Georgia history.

Dixie King Cotton Shed House No 3
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 200

Cotton Gin – Bostwick, GA

This weekend, we were immersed in small-town southern culture when we went to visit my daughter, Megan and her husband, Ryan’s new home in Bostwick, Georgia.  They decided to look for a place outside the built-up suburbs where they could get some land and enjoy nature and this was it!

Bostwick is a small town in Morgan County, just North of Madison, Georgia.  If you don’t know where this is, it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere – between I-20 and Athens. In the mid-1880’s John Bostwick, Sr., a local boy, started buying land in this area for cotton farming.  He continued to expand his land holdings and the business thrived.  At it’s peak in the 1920’s the town had two cotton gins, a cotton seed oil mill, a depot and train station, a bank, a hotel, a dry cleaning business, three doctors, a blacksmith shop, post office, and three businesses with gas pumps.

The building in this image is a remnant of that golden age of King Cotton.  This operating Lummus Cotton Gin continues to connect Bostwick to it’s past.  Every fall, they have a Cotton Gin Festival, celebrating that history and inviting people to come see what small-town Georgia was like.

Dixie King Cotton Gin
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
18mm @ f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 200