[A video of a two-row pull picker, four round steel grid cribs, and closeups of the type of elevator that was used for ear corn. Note the old Allis-Chalmers tractor as the "auger tractor." My grandfather added an electric motor and removed every other blade to use this type of elevator to put hay and straw bales up into the now.]
Once I learned what to look for, I was shocked as to how many corn cribs are still left and how easy they are to spot from the interstate. When I drove south on I-57 towards Champaign, IL, I saw several of them. Some of them were all by themselves out in the middle of a field. So one time when I was coming back north on I-57 with a daughter, I had her drive so that I could set in the back seat and take pictures with my telephoto lens. (The telephoto is a 55-200mm zoom, so I may have been taking the pictures more at 55 than 200 because it is hard to frame a picture at highway speeds.)
I took a picture of the sign for Exit 250. Looking at a map, all of these cribs are between Champagne and Rantoul, IL.
Then I passed milepost 256.
|Birds Eye View|
Next I took a picture of an Exit 261 sign.
Then I took a picture of a "Buckley Roberts 1 Mile" sign.
Cropped just a little horizontally, but removed a lot vertically. Another large crib. In fact, the building with the cupola is so large, I wonder if it is a crib. If so, it must have stored something in addition to corn cobs. Note the extended peak on the barn at the right. That means that barn is old and originally stored loose hay.
Cropped just vertically. The farm has modern grain bins and metal sheds, but they still kept their corn crib. If that is a corn crib, it is wide.
See the "Update:" to concrete block corn cribs for the next picture I took on the trip.
Then I put the camera away because it was getting too dark. Cranking up the ISO was going to be a loosing battle.
When heading southbound, more than once I would notice that you can see four cribs at the same time. I finally noted a milemarker and remembered to look for them so that I would see them in time to safely pull over on the shoulder and take a picture. Obviously, this picture is heavily cropped in the vertical direction.
|Combines Harvesters Threshers posted|
Who's still using their corn crib?
A.j. Grooms Hoping to get back to using one soon
John Conn We still use the double wooden cribs every year
|Tim Kasten posted|