30 Horse Power Plow

30-horse team
Mrs Dwight Misner of Ione OR drove thirty horses pulling a nine bottom plow in 1924 Together they were able to turn 24 acres a day. This photo was posted on Facebook by Terry McCormmach. On the thread, Kelly McCormmach reported that her Grandfather told them they started hitching the team at 2 a.m. That’s quite a task. And quite an impressive amount of acreage they were able to plow.

2 thoughts on “30 Horse Power Plow

  1. I just showed my dad the 30 horse plow. He was born on a farm in Denmark and learned to plow with 2 horses as a kid. His first reaction was: “wow that setup is almost 90′ long so it will take 1/2 a football field to turn them – that is if they agree to turn the same way” 🙂
    I guess the old man is right. Again!

    1. They must be very well behaved. It would be a disaster if a few of them decided they didn’t want to do it. I’m not really sure why they would need 30 horses. I would have thought that it would be better to have smaller teams but swap out the horses after a couple of hours. Maybe it takes too long to hitch them.

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