BASTION MOUNTAIN RANCH - TALES OF A FARM FAMILY


My family lived on a Ranch full time from 1993 until 2015. We were a 5th generation family farm.
I am writing this blog to share my experiences living there. It is best to read the blog chronologically by going through the archives, starting with the introduction in January of 2010.
The blog starts with the arrival of my great-grandparents to the farm in 1947 and will follow the families to the present.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bulldozer as Art


Eddy and Gus using the bulldozer as a tractor.  It must of been slow work but perhaps faster than the horses.  This was the first bulldozer to arrive on the farm and was purchased by the Naef family.

In later years Eddy purchased a larger bulldozer, the TD18.  This machine accomplished tasks to almost mystical proportions.  My Eddy was fearless on this machine, pushing it right into big piles of burning brush, where it unfortunately once caught on fire. Another feat that caused much anguish for the onlookers was taking the bulldozer out onto the ice.



Another place you would not expect to see a bulldozer!

The TD18 in retirement.  For many years it graced our driveway and brought me much pleasure as a souvenir of my father.  It was removed last year and I was very sorry to see it go.


I think the ground hogs were very sad to see the bulldozer go as well.

The clearing blade was left behind.   The blade was made by E. Panko in 1969, signing it as if it was a work of art.

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