VIEW-2028 | Sulky plough on the C.P.R., MB, 1889

Sulky plough on the C.P.R., MB, 1889
William McFarlane Notman
1889, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  farming (278) , Industry (942) , Machine (63) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

From the beginning, the CPR was involved in farming on the Prairies. The company was given huge tracts of land to sell, to help finance its construction. It was also involved in improving the land, for example, by building irrigation projects in southern Alberta. The company set up demonstration farms to prove to settlers that the land could be valuable for crops, and to show off the latest machinery and farming methods. The sulky plough was a great advance in farming technology; earlier farmers had to walk behind the plough. The farm at Strathmore, Alberta, was particularly large and modern.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    The man is riding a sulky plough-a plough with a seat on it.

  • Where

    The scene is a CPR demonstration farm in Manitoba.

  • When

    These farms began operating in the 1880s, when the CPR was in the business of selling land.

  • Who

    The driver, who looks well dressed and is probably a CPR agent, is turning over the virgin prairie soil with a sulky plough drawn by three horses.