Inside the Outdoor Museum
By Barbara ‘Rusty’ LaGrange
For the Leader
Whether the pioneers were moving slowly on the way to their new frontier, or whether their farmland was established, oxen were considered the equivalent of today's tractor.
The biggest and most stalwart beast that could be domesticated for farming was the ox. They had stamina, muscle, brute force when needed, and lived on field hay and grains.
The oxen yoke was first devised back in the time of the pharaohs. Egyptians designed the basic yoke as we see it today.