The Midwest is full of old farm properties and what I like to call the back 40. The back forty acres was just a place to store junk. That junk now treasures to few. Old vehicles, trucks, cars, and modes of transportation.
There are also vehicles from additional travels outside of the Midwest but for the majority of the photography, the subjects are Midwestern states.
Old Vehicle Collection
Backyard Vintage Finds
Traveling the backroads of Wisconsin will yield some pretty sweet old history. Many of which, have just become yard art.
Titled “Autumn Pleasure” because it was the perfect day and the perfect to spot to stumble across this beauty!
Hidden in the tall reeds of a farm field in Wisconsin with the late autumn tree backdrop. Pretty much the last nice day of fall 2014. Before winter set in.
Found this gem on a piece of property in Wisconsin that houses an old automobile junkyard.
This was the same junkyard I visited 22 years ago to get parts to fix a car I hit a deer with. Thought I would see if it was still there.
Almost all the classic cars are fully covered in grass and vines. I really appreciate the landowner for allowing me access to the land and also for the wonderful stories she told me about a few of the cars.
Rusty but Intact
Found in a farm field in Door County, Wisconsin.
This retired tractor has a wonderful story. The tractor once was a great workhouse for a busy Door County, WI cherry orchard. Now, both the tractor and the orchard have been retired. You can see all the items on this property by reading Honey House Door County.
The Mercury Eight was the first model of the Ford Motor Company’s Mercury Marque and was produced from 1939 through the 1951 model years.
It was the only model offered by Mercury until the Marque starting producing multiple series in the 1952 model year, at which point it was dropped as a model designation.
A Look Inside the Mercury Eight
Photo Taken in Door County, WI.
(Landowner wishes for the exact location not to be disclosed.)
I’d like to believe I am in tune with my surroundings but this treasure proved me wrong.
I’ve passed it 100″s of times every year. But, I have never taken note before today. Strange.
Something in plain sight. Yet, I missed it. Daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly.
If the owner would not have told me how long it had been sitting in the field, I would never have believed someone wasn’t playing a trick on me.
A treasure from the past that I unmistakably passed without noticing.
Just another old find. I love all Wisconsin has to offer me to feed my rusty, dusty and old relics hunting.
The Old Orchard Truck
This old truck was a workhorse used in a cherry orchard in Door County, WI. Now retired from duty, as many of the old cherry orchards are.
Old Baby Blue Mercury
This old Mercury was found on a piece of property in Wisconsin that houses an auto junkyard from the past. Most of the classic cars are completely covered with vegetation,
Traveling the country roads from one state park to another on a recent trip to Tennessee, we came upon a bus graveyard.
(All photography is fulfilled by a contracted company. Read about this here. )
I could see many of the buses from the roadway and the grounds have clearly marked no trespassing. There was one place that really caught my attention, the see America bus.
We pulled over and I shot this from the road. The perfect message right here. You can see small pieces of America, one road trip at a time. For myself, life is all about adventure and I am just along for the ride.
Incline Railway Lookout Mountain Chattanooga, TN
Following the Civil War, more and more tourists flocked to the sites of these famous battles. The problem was getting to the top of Lookout Mountain. It was a four-hour horse and buggy to get to the top.
In November of 1895, a passenger railway known as “The Incline” opened to easily whisk visitors up and down the steepest part of Lookout Mountain.
John Crass and the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway Company, built an incline at a grade of 72.7%, making it one of the steepest passenger railways in the world.
The original coal-burning steam engines were replaced by two 100-horsepower motors in 1911. Other than that, the railway hasn’t changed much in over 100 years of operation.
The mirrored reflection of an old Chevy car.
Stuck in the Field
Off a country road and tucked into a farm field. Wishing I lived closer to this gem so I could try light painting it at night.
Obsession With The Rust
Do you have an obsession with something? For me, I have an obsession with rust – something old, something rusty, something with history and a story. I find myself drawn to items that you can look at or picked up and imagine a person using. What was life like back at the time this item was used? What challenges did the people face?
I focus on how time changes items and the steps the world has maybe made for the better, or for the worse. Depending on how one looks at the item.
Any clue what this is?
CLUE: Farming has always been a large part of Wisconsin’s history.
ANSWER: Manure Spreader.