Irrigation at its finest!

The Fairbanks Morse Engine and Piston water pump, had the capacity to irrigate 40 Acres of Almonds when it was delivered to the Henry Morgue Ranch in Durham, CA in 1907. This was an amazing achievement at the time because it mechanized the irrigation process, with the capacity to pump 300 gallons of water per minute. The Fairbanks Morse Engine is known as a “Hit and Miss” because of the distinctive sound it makes as the engine fires and then coasts until the speed decreases and fires up again. This four horse power engine and matching Typhoon piston are on loan from Shannon Mlcoch and Richard Hunt and currently on view in the museum’s courtyard.

 

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