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The mole ditcher was an iron-tipped log, series of logs, or round iron blade (such as seen here) about four inches in diameter, which was pulled through the soil a few inches under the surface. The mole ditcher was supposed to help solve the problem of standing water in McLean County fields. It was extremely difficult to drag the mole ditcher through the ground, usually accomplished by attaching oxen to a long wooden arm affixed to a windlass. The mole ditcher was not very successful and did not see much use. How we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; American Communities in History 15 Economics; 16 History; 18 Social systems
|McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
|McLean County, Illinois|
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