Darfur was platted in April 1899 by the Chicago and North Western Railway; its incorporation as a village was completed on December 31, 1903 and it became a city on January 1, 1974 when Minnesota abolished villages.
This barn near Butterfield, MN is one of my favorites. It’s a wonderful structure and has an ACO Silo beside it. It greets visitors as they approach the North edge of the town. It’s very close to the Butterfield Threshing Bee site.
Last weekend was the 47th annual threshing bee in Butterfield MN. This is one of the bigger shows I’ve been to. The show takes place in Voss Park right in Butterfield. It’s a very nice park with many trees and a lake nearby. It has a Pioneer town in the park with many old buildings and shops. There is live entertainment in the form of Bluegrass, Gospel and Country music through out the weekend. There is a parade daily. Many folks come for the whole weekend and camp right in the park.
The featured brand of tractor for this show was Cockshutt which was a Canadian tractor. Much more history of Cockshutt available here. The park was chocked full of steam engines of all sizes. As I said, this show is pretty big and there are demonstrations of all manner going on all day. Sawmills being powered by steam engines, threshing with steam engines, broom making, blacksmith shop with smiths working steel, candle making, print shop and so on.
It’s really a wonderful show put on in a wonderful small town in Southwestern MN.
On to the photos.
August sun in Minnesota shines brightly on this beautiful summer day. The white fence and the horses really add to the scene. The barn is in excellent condition and the horses show it’s an active farm as opposed to one that is a leftover from a somewhat forgotten time.
This one is from October of 2011. It was a nice fall day with a temp in the low 60’s. Some showers had just passed and a mix of good clouds and sun prevailed. This type of light and sky is one of may favorite conditions for landscape photography.
If it was a bit later in the day the light would have been even better, but you have to take advantage of what you get. I shot several nice photos that day in the St. James and Butterfield areas of MN.
For a long time I kept seeing silos in Minnesota with the intials A.C.O. on them. The first one I thought maybe it was the owners initials, but after seeing a number of these on different farms, I was pretty sure it wasn’t the farmers initials. Turns out I was right. The initials are those of Adolph Casimir Ochs.
Adolph Casimir Ochs located his brick plant in Springfield, Minnesota. However, some of his popular ACO silos were built hundreds of miles from the Springfield brick plant. This particular barn is near St. James, MN and features a regular size silo and something that looks like a mini silo right next to it.
Here is a site with a lot of info on the silos and Minnesota brick companies in general.