pulled by horses. Some of the "old iron" stacked there saw service right along side the teams of horses such as tractors that were working their way into the progress of agriculture. Sometimes there are old cast iron stoves, piles of worn horse shoes, bits of unidentifiable metal whose purpose is lost.
Some of the best places to find good "stuff" are these places of junk. I have found a peweter teapot, old tractor seats, cream cans, bent branding irons and many more treasures. Some of them are scattered thru my house and some have places of honor in my yard. I look at them as pieces of the history of my family and that of my husband as they farmed and ranched.
Several years ago, when scap metal prices were high, I finally persuaded my
husband to get ride of some of our excess old iron. We had a piece of land he had bought years ago where the former owners had left all kinds of junk on it which had
laid there for years. By the time he was done,we had hauled twentyseven old cars and
trucks from that place and six or seven from the homeplace. The biggest share of them
the junk metal guy hauled away with his semi saving us the time and fuel it would have taken to haul them the 90 miles. We also got rid of lots of other old iron and we did
it at a good time. When we were finished with our clean up, with $7,000 in our pocket, we bought a crowding tub and alley to work cattle. We had been looking at it and wishing we could afford it. That old iron and metal which we "recylcled" enabled us
to buy it.