For a guy who loves to move through life with structure, a schedule, and for certain…a plan; I also love to be spontaneous!  Sometimes doing something unexpected, unplanned, and completely without serious thought can be…very freeing!  Like driving to the beach even though it’s rainy/foggy and not considered to be a typical beach day. Or, like driving to the desert even though you know it will be 100 degrees.  You should try it!!  Try disconnecting yourself from your media devices long enough to do something you wouldn’t normally even think of doing!  

It’s the beginning of “Family Week” at Big Bear Lake, California.  And that means a plan has been made, schedules have been noted, and several daily activities are already being eagerly anticipated.  But today…for one day, I decided it might be fun to deviate from what we might have usually done in order to take the back roads to Apple Valley.  I’d never traveled this road before, but had heard it was filled with history!  To say I wasn’t disappointed would be such an understatement!

Relics like this old tractor were common happenings.  In fact no sooner had I pulled the car back onto the narrow two-lane road, when my eye would catch another glimpse of history.

A glimpse of history.  That’s an interesting way to put it.  If you’ve followed my blog for very long then you know that when I see something like this tractor, my mind immediately races to wonder about its story.  One day, more than a few years ago, this derelict tractor was no doubt proudly displayed in all of its shiny glory just waiting for the opportunity to prove what it could do in the field!  With all the latest “bells” and “whistles” this beauty would perform far beyond any expectations of the new owner. And that new owner…well, he was this person who was bursting his buttons as his family and friends saw for the first time this shiny new addition to the family!

But as time passes, even this newest example of technology would fall victim to “A Time Gone By.”

So, now it sits…all but abandoned along a lonely highway deep in the desert of Apple Valley.

To me, something like this tractor captivates my attention and compels me to wonder…wonder about “A Time Gone By!

By the way, what type of tractor would you guess this to be?  I don’t know.  Case? Alice Chalmers?  International Harvester, or your best guess.

PS: Wait till you see the remnants of an old movie studio I stumbled upon.  And, how about an old rusted out tow truck?  Oh, and how about Roy Rogers House!!!  Once the proud set for the early television series from the ’50’s, the house now stands in ruins high on a hill seemingly far removed from the glamour it once enjoyed!

Yeah, it’s “A Time Gone By” and this journey was filled with all its history!


~ by photographyfree4all on August 9, 2011.

5 Responses to “WHAT’S MY STORY?”

  1. Your vintage tractor is a Farmall. At first glance I thought your find was missing some parts to cover the engine and tie rods (?) but when I started searching, I found that some of the early models were open on the front. Good luck in your quest to find your particular model!

    Love old tractors, we ha LOTS of them here in N. Alabama! ~ Lynda

    PS: Pictures, but no model info found here – http://www.photographersdirect.com/stockimages/f/farmall.asp


  2. A Farmall! It does resemble the Farmall!! I thought it was a great find…sitting along the road.

    Thanks, Lynda!


  3. What a beauty, this old tractor. I could use that for the Museum, where I’m working now 🙂 ( http://www.dengamleby.dk/eng/den-gamle-by/ )


  4. It is a Farmall H. It’s hard to tell by just a picture. If I had to guess though I would say an early H from the late 40’s or early 50’s. The seat give the age, the proportions of the rear tires to the rest of the tractor, and the angle of the steering wheel suggests it is an H and not it’s larger brother the Farmall M.

    That model had a front hood. Someone removed the radiator and never replaced the hood.

    This model was prone to leaking radiators and when the U.S. switched to unleaded fuel the valves would fail. I would bet the owner had valve problems, removed the head and when he found out how much it would cost to put in new hardened valves and valve seats just abandoned the tractor.

    If you get past it again there is a nameplate behind the engine on the left side of the tractor. You can use that information to search Google and find what year and model it actually is.


  5. Some great information, Paul! I really appreciate it. If I do get by it again, I’ll check for the nameplate and let you know! 🙂


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