Categories: Think Oregon

Iron Icons: An Unofficial Tractor Museum in Moro

A century farm filled with historic tractors

written and photographed by Peter Murphy

Tractors make Orville Blaylock’s world go round. On his century farm at the northern edge of Moro, Blaylock has enjoyed a long association with the treaded tractor. Blaylock came to the Horace Strong farm in 1963 through marriage and has been growing wheat with his wife, Shirley, ever since.

He picked up his first keeper for $300 when, he said, “I found that I had raised a hand … and it was mine.” He doesn’t know quite how much money he’s sunk into it since then.

Blaylock and his family work their 6,000 acres of winter wheat, destined for tables across Asia as noodles. During the cold and chilly months of winter when wheat farming is at a lull, you can find Blaylock in his shop, tinkering with tractors from the past.

Share
Published by
1859 Oregon's Magazine
Tags: Workspace

Recent Posts

Food Forays: Following Oregon Food Trails

Follow these food trails to satisfy a hunger for world-class food, landscapes and meet the…

17 hours ago

DIY: Hang a Rain Chain

Rain chains have been a mainstay in Japanese culture for centuries, serving to collect rainwater…

19 hours ago

Beerlandia: Patio Beers

written by Beau Eastes The two sweetest words in the English language just might be…

1 week ago

Central Hotel: Shot in the Dark

In Burns, only those in the know get into The Boiler Room’s secret whiskey stash.…

3 weeks ago

Trip Planner: Port Orford Coastal Nirvana

The Pacific beckons: extreme cliffs, ocean paddling, scenic pedaling and rewarding comforts Named in 1792…

2 months ago

Siblings, Shaken

Portland novelist Suzy Vitello imagines the “big one” and a family united by survival Interview…

2 months ago