the rust fence

Note: This is a post that I wrote before leaving for my trip out west. I happen to have a WiFi connection tonight, so I’m putting this little piece up. I may try to post something about the road trip later tonight or early tomorrow if I have a bit of time.

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It may not look like much in the above photo, but the Rust Fence (as we like to call it) is quite a thing to see. Located just outside of Middleville on the road to Clayton Lake in Lanark County, the rust fence runs along one side of the road in front of a pasture beside a cattle barn. The fence is made of many pieces of old farm equipment — much of it from the horse-drawn days, or that of the early tractors. The pieces sit upon a low stone fence. On almost every trip up that way, we stop to study the machinery, which includes everything from old wooden butter churns, to steel-wheeled tractors.

I’ve posted a couple of photos here (click on images for larger view). However, if you like rust, you might like to check photos of other pieces in the rust fence that are posted to a photo gallery on Pbase.

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7 Responses to “the rust fence”

  1. ruth Says:

    Wow, do I ever love this fence! We live on a little 5-acre farm, and now my mind is racing . . .

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. burning silo Says:

    ruth – I always love to see what people do to share interesting pieces of history such as old farm equipment. The rust fence is one of the best examples that comes to mind. We stop to visit it every time we travel along that road, and I often take our visitors to see it when we’re out doing a bit of sightseeing.

  3. robin andrea Says:

    That old machinery is so beautiful, even in rust. It just looks so sturdy and well made. When machines were made so artfully they continue to have life long after their utility. Very cool, Bev.

  4. burning silo Says:

    Robin – I just love that old machinery and can spend long minutes examining each piece. I especially enjoy studying the artistic metal castings, often including beautifully designed scripting in the metal. And then to think of the history of these pieces and the many years of use which they had. It’s really wonderful to see them displayed along this backroad where others can enjoy studying them!

  5. LauraH Says:

    A nice sight for people driving by and a great way to *use* that old equipment! Seems much better to have it out in the open where folks can appreciate it, instead of hidden away in a dark old barn.

  6. Peter Says:

    Great bit of history. I love old machinery, and most of it is farm equipment. I like old military equipment that has taken its place in the landscape too. They have so many stories to tell.

    Mother nature will reclaim all of it.

  7. KerrdeLune (Cate) Says:

    I know these fields and the fence of old implements very well, and it was a great pleasure to revisit them here. Lovely…… Cheers, Cate (KerrdeLune)