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Nom de l'objet : Plow
Catégorie de l'objet : Tools & Equipment for Materials
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Agriculture T&E
Discipline : History
Numéro d'accession : 2007.76.1
Date de fin de production : Circa 1900
Description : The plough beam is made of wood reinforced with metal from the back to the beam hitch. The mouldboard is made of metal and it rests at the end. The handles are missing. The metal is badly rusted.
Fonctions : The plough is a farming implement used to till the ground. The plough would be harnessed to a farm animal like a horse or ox, while a farmer would direct the plough with the handles. The blade, known as the coulter, cut into the earth while the wedge shape of the mouldboard moved the soil to the sides to aerate and bring nutrients to the surface of the field. Farming as an industry, in the Keno area was overshadowed by mining, however farming did take place to sustain the region's mining workers. It was extremely expensive to order all the food items into the Mayo and Keno areas from larger centers or the 'outside'. Farming had to supplement the food supply of the mining operations as well as that of the general population. Hay was farmed to feed the work horses. The horses could eat several bails of hay, and they required to do so in order to stay warm and have enough strength to pull the cargo laden sleighs or wagons. When the camps were in full swing, the mines used small farming operations to add to the miners' food supply. The northern climate of the Yukon allows for only the most resilient vegetables to grow. As the days are quite long in the summer, potatoes and rhubarb grew quite veraciously, despite the short growing season. The Mayo area is particularly fertile for the Yukon and several farms were located in the surrounding area. The farms along the road between Mayo and Keno were natural rest stops and some became roadhouses, where teams of horses were changed and rested. Roadhouses supplied meals to travellers for a small price, and often provided overnight accommodation in severe weather.
Mention de crédit - Image : Keno City Mining Museum
Établissement : Keno Mining Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Keno City
Province de l'établissement : Yukon Territory
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