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Buried Gas Tractors?


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Old 12-24-2017, 10:06:53 AM
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Anyone got any stories they would be willing to share about buried gas tractors up in the Minnesota North Dakota WI Iowa are? Really throwing the thought around about going and searching for some when the ground thaws out
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Old 12-24-2017, 11:16:50 PM
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Default Re: Buried Gas Tractors?

I have heard that there is a Flour City buried under an old barn foundation that I need removed on our old farmstead. You can dig as much as you want if you pay for removal and leave a nice level spot for the new barn. ha ha Honestly if you find any awesome stories of something cool buried I have a shovel and will travel. That sounds like a neat adventure. Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2017, 10:31:24 AM
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Ha! You know if I said something like that, the lucky bugger would find two! I think it would be a fun expedition to find something buried that hasn't been seen in possibly decades.
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Old 12-25-2017, 11:34:36 AM
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Default Re: Buried Gas Tractors?

There is a legend about a steam tractor being lost in a remote part of Western Colorado. They were moving it across a couple valleys for a dam project, got into a bog & the whole thing sank...my Great Grandfather was a civil engineer on the project, but it was never built after the tractor was lost...I have no idea if this was true, but my Grandma was a pretty no nonsense, truthful lady, & she told of it. I don't know if it was left there, or dug out & scrapped, or if the part showing was cut off & scrapped, or what...I've wondered if some kind of aerial ground-penetrating radar might show it.
This would have happened in the early 1900's, so the trail is pretty cold...
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Interesting! If there is anything left it would be a lot of fun to find!
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I know, I've wondered about it for years, since my Grandma mentioned it...she's gone now, as are probably all of those who might have any idea where to look. It would be third or fourth generation information by now. maybe now that I'm retiring, I might have time do research it a little...there was a newspaper in the closet town to where it might be...
That area was a hardscrabble place, especially during the depression years, so I can totally imagine scrappers hauling off anything they could & not saying anything to anybody.

PS: thanks for starting this thread, I hadn't thought about that deal for years.
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Default Re: Buried Gas Tractors?

It is something worth researching even if it isn't there anymore better to know then not know.

No problem I enjoy hearing these stories.
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Do you swim?
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I don't but my friend has a sonar that goes 800 feet down and we are working on getting a camera to go that deep
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Default Re: Buried Gas Tractors?

Steam tractor in a local lake up in my country. Old timers have seen it and it did belong to a friend great grandpa and family. Went down in the winter skidding logs across the lake near shore. Stack can be spotted in dry years.
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return flue gaar scott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bOLqpCF7hI
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Wow cool! I've heard of the logger suprisingly didn't realize the stack could be visible in dry years though. That Gaar Scott is very cool as well.
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There used to be a thread under the lugs and cleats section of a guy that found a rumely F I believe and some steamers that were buried to hold a river bank. He had pictures of digging them up and cleaning them off.
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I know where there are two Caterpillar D7 tractors, both 3T models, buried together. Less than 100 yards away I buried 4 Volkswagen Beetles and a 1973 Ford Courier.

Oops, now I see "buried gas tractors", these were diesel.

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Default Re: Buried Gas Tractors?

There is a story about several Rumely`s in a lake behind the old Rumely plant in LaPorte, Ind. This was long before Allis Chalmers took over the plant. The people that run the Rumely museum mite know about this. Good luck!
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Some leads for you.
http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages...tml?1359578248

Anybody know if the threshing show story is true. I would not put it past the dnr to reject the recovery.

I know there is an airplane in Green Lake (Spicer) but the Air Force owns it I believe.
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Default Re: Buried Gas Tractors?

The John Deere Dain tractors were somewhere here in South Dakota along the James river. I heard that years back the John Deere company requested to excavate there, but the army corp of engineers denied it. the story that I heard was that those tractors were blown up there. I can ask around for the whole story. But it is a good lead to work with, I believe it is legit.
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One of my high school teachers 45 years ago talked about playing on the remains of the Dain tractors at his uncles farm lake near Huron. He told me that during the WWll scrap drive the county dozer was used to dig out the tractors for scrap.

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Default Re: Buried Gas Tractors?

When the brother in law lived on lake byllsbee heard all kinds of tales about model Ts horses and sleighs and outboard motors on the bottom. When it was drained for dam repair some years ago I had to drive down and take a look, all I saw was mud.
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