Thanks to the donation from Jim and Jerry McWilliams and painstaking restoration work provided by the Cheyenne Antique Tractor Club, the Gardens now has a 1928 Farmall “Regular Series” Tractor as part of the 1900’s Rotary Century Plaza landscape.
1890 to 1930 was a time of dramatic change, especially in agriculture. Inventions sparked more inventions as farmers continually modified machines to make farming easier. The first tractors were thought to be too massive for the average farmer and would only become appealing when they could easily replace the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. horse. Farmers initially felt there were advantages to “horse power”over “horsepower” in that horses provided not only work and companionship for the farmer in the field, but also fertilizer, leather, and even uses for bones and hoofs. With horses, there were no “new models” to buy and no new technology to learn. After 1912, the smaller, lighter and cheaper tractors caught the interest of the farmer. With increased automobile use, farmers became used to driving and more comfortable with tractor use.
This McCormick-Deering Farmall “Regular Series” tractor, introduced in 1924, was one of the first tractors made to do a variety of chores. Before the introduction of the “Regular”, each tractor was used for a specific purpose requiring farmers to own a collection of tractors to complete the work. This model would do it all, hence the name, Farm-all.