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Mole Ditcher
Mole Ditcher
Resource Typeimage
TitleMole Ditcher
Coverage / Yearc. 1860
DescriptionThe mole ditcher was an iron-tipped log, series of logs, or round iron blade (such as seen here) about four inches in diameter, which was pulled through the soil a few inches under the surface.
InterpretationThe mole ditcher was supposed to help solve the problem of standing water in McLean County fields. It was extremely difficult to drag the mole ditcher through the ground, usually accomplished by attaching oxen to a long wooden arm affixed to a windlass. The mole ditcher was not very successful and did not see much use.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; American Communities in History
Learning Standards15 Economics; 16 History; 18 Social systems
Author or CreatorMcLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill.
Other ContributorsWalters, William D, Jr., 1942-
Source'The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County,' by William D. Walters Jr.; ISBN 0-943788-15-3 (1997)
Subject / KeywordsMcLean County, Illinois; Drainage; Croplands; Corn
Collection PublisherMcLean County Museum of History
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
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Resource Identifiermch0257; IL MCLEAN AGR WAL - Figure 4:1, p. 41
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