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Saw a Flour City at Forest City

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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 08:32:10




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Only Flour City that I have ever seen. I thought it was really neat. It was at Heritage Park in Forest City, IA.

I love the red, green, yellow color scheme.

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greygoat

03-11-2014 08:12:39




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
I love everyones photo"s..proud to be AMERICAN !



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Paul from MI

03-10-2014 18:17:14




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
I saw the 40-70 Flour City at Buckley, MI. A very impressive tractor. The 60-90 Twin City that was at Wauseon, OH a few years ago was the biggest of all. What piece of machinery. Wish I had some pics.



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1206SWMO

03-10-2014 15:21:07




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
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Nice picture...There are at least (13) 40-70 Flour City tractors in existence....The closest one to me is at Goessel,Kansas and is part of a nice collection of big Prairie tractors...

In 2007 the owner planned to have his entire collection at the Goessel show but only brought 4 because it was so muddy..Left to right in the middle picture is a 15-30 F Oil Pull,40-65 Reeves,30-60 Russell,and a Big 4 30-60..

We got invited over to see the rest of the collection that evening and the tractor in the shed is a 40-70 Flour City..

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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 17:09:50




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to 1206SWMO, 03-10-2014 15:21:07  
Great photos!!

Love the Emerson Brantingham Big 4... had the good fortune to get to see and photograph one in a machine shop in MN where they were using it to replicate parts. Pretty impressive beast... it was a big one... can't remember the model number - might have been #25, would have to search photos to verify it though.



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G1355

03-10-2014 13:10:40




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
Just curious when this was as I know where forest city is, must not of been lately because there's still snow on the ground.



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:24:09




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to G1355, 03-10-2014 13:10:40  
G1355,

Oops... did not mean to imply that it was recent - we were at their show back in 2012. I don't work on Monday and was just perusing old photos.

Their 2014 show will be Sept. 13 & 14.



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G1355

03-10-2014 20:24:28




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 13:24:09  
Alright thanks maybe I will make it, it's only 45 minutes from me.



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Paul Searl

03-10-2014 12:30:09




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
They are an absolute beast without a doubt and one of the largest prairie tractors built.
the Kinnard & Haines Flour Cities were one of the earliest gas tractors. In 1897 they were asked to refit an Otto gas traction engine with one of their engines after the owner had repeated troubles with it. It was so successful they started buildign their own tracots and became the first company to make gas tractors a viable commercial venture. what may be the oldest survivng gas tractor is a Flour City currently undergoing a full restoration.
The four cylinder 40-70 models like this one debutted around 1911. it was a 21,000-pound beast with a 4-cylinder K-H engine of 7-1/2-by-9-inch bore and stroke that actually well exceeded the 40hp drawbar rating when it was tested in the 1920 nebraska tests making 53 hp and a little over 70 on the brake. The also built a junior 12-20, a 20-35 and a 30-50 model.
Here is a video of that Flour City when it was just restored:
http://youtu.be/kkc1PFsjXxg

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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:05:07




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Paul Searl, 03-10-2014 12:30:09  
Love the sound of it idling.



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rrlund

03-10-2014 12:19:37




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
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Bunch of big old beasts like that at Oakley Michigan too. Even more at Buckley,but I don't have any pictures of those.

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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:00:17




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to rrlund, 03-10-2014 12:19:37  
rrlund,

Nice photos.

I love to watch the big, old gas tractions and steamers plow.



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kevinj54

03-10-2014 12:28:22




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to rrlund, 03-10-2014 12:19:37  
I am pretty sure that Buckley has a Flour City.



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rrlund

03-10-2014 12:31:46




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to kevinj54, 03-10-2014 12:28:22  
Ya,I've only been up there once,but pretty sure I saw it there.



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kevinj54

03-11-2014 09:34:45




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to rrlund, 03-10-2014 12:31:46  
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Only been there about twice myself. I much prefer Oakley.



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Bob

03-10-2014 10:45:11




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
So it's not TOO far from "home"... were you aware they were built in Minneapolis and named "Flour City" as that was the nickname of Minneapolis at the time... the "flour milling capital of the world?



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:08:27




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Bob, 03-10-2014 10:45:11  
Bob,
Good link. Nice to see so many have been saved.

I was only aware of the info you mentioned because I'd googled it after we saw it at Heritage Park.



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jennifer408

03-10-2014 10:39:17




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
i can just see jason aldean singing to his galfriend in the 20's ( or i could take ya a fer a ride on my big green tractor ) just give me a couple of hours to gas er up and git er started and dust off the seat.
This post was edited by jennifer408 at 10:40:35 03/10/14.



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:09:53




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to jennifer408, 03-10-2014 10:39:17  
Jennifer,

LOL. Yes, it sure is a BIG green tractor.



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MJ in the UK

03-10-2014 09:54:28




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
Hi SweetFeet, one of these wonderful old tractors as found is way to the UK and it is in unrestored original condition. We have got a big following of pre 1930 tractors here in the UK including a nice few of the big praire monsters and I do the commentry on them at the tractor rallies. That is why I bough my 1923 IH 10-20 so I could show off with the big boys. MJ



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 12:58:23




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to MJ in the UK, 03-10-2014 09:54:28  
MJ in the UK,

It would be fun to see photos from one of your shows. (Though perhaps I have... if Samn40 comes to it.)

I have a few photos of a perfectly rusted 10-20 in a junkyard. May have posted it before... but will try to remember to post a couple for you (but heading to an appointment shortly).



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fixerupper

03-10-2014 09:28:00




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
A man my dad grew up neighbors to used a Flour City pulling four rock wagons in a train to gravel rural roads back in the twenties. I saw a picture of the setup last week. He was beside the train sitting in an Overland car. I rode in that car when I was a kid. Jim



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:11:27




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to fixerupper, 03-10-2014 09:28:00  
fixerupper,

If you get to see it again... would be fun if you took a photo of the photo. They actually turn out fairly well as long as you turn off your flash, but have decent lighting.



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Bryce Frazier

03-10-2014 08:41:57




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
Thats a pretty sharp lookin machine! Not sure I have ever heard of one either??? Bryce



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:16:25




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Bryce Frazier, 03-10-2014 08:41:57  
Bryce,

Not sure where you are located. But Heritage Park at Forest City, IA where this was. It is a good show - a lot of gas traction and steamers there...more than I have ever seen at smaller shows around home. And building upon buildings full of stuff that you can look at.

Also, they have a large hunk of land for plowing... and plow with the steamers and/or gas tractions too.



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Bryce Frazier

03-10-2014 13:56:19




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 13:16:25  
Well, I am in northern Idaho, so I might need more than a tank of fuel and a Big Mac to get me there! Think about going to the Red Power Round Up this year. The family took me to hawaii last year, so this year is my turn! Bryce



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Harvey2

03-10-2014 08:40:52




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to SweetFeet, 03-10-2014 08:32:10  
To see all the big tractors, gasoline and steam, Rolag, Minnesoda is the place to go.



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:12:55




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Harvey2, 03-10-2014 08:40:52  
Harvey,

I have heard Rollag is a really good show. We'd like to attend it... someday.



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Old Popper

03-10-2014 09:19:26




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Harvey2, 03-10-2014 08:40:52  
I have always wanted to go to the Rolag show, but never could make it. Now that I have retired, maybe it could happen.



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johnlobb

03-10-2014 09:38:02




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Old Popper, 03-10-2014 09:19:26  
Two other places to see the big gas tractors is usually the third weekend in August, either Buckley, MI or Oakley. MI. YTers met at Oakley last year, I had to leave early, did not get into the pic.



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Royse

03-10-2014 18:00:33




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to johnlobb, 03-10-2014 09:38:02  
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I'll hang out longer with the camera this year John.

After all, I'm pretty sure our first get together was your idea!

I'm looking forward to it.



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Straw Boss

03-10-2014 10:08:00




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to johnlobb, 03-10-2014 09:38:02  
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Albany, Mn also had quite a few large prarie tractors when I was there in 2010.



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Tom Railsback

03-10-2014 17:56:30




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Straw Boss, 03-10-2014 10:08:00  
Crosby, ND has quite a few of them too.



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SweetFeet

03-10-2014 13:18:26




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 Re: Saw a Flour City at Forest City in reply to Straw Boss, 03-10-2014 10:08:00  
Straw Boss,

Is the Albany, MN show pretty good?

Might be another show to add to our bucket list.



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