Pecan Harvesting Equipment - Anadarko, OK
Posted by: hamquilter
N 35° 04.615 W 098° 14.389
14S E 569303 N 3881837
Quick Description: Pecan harvesting equipment from the Boake Pecan Farm, on display at the Anadarko Heritage Museum.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 6:55:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMCMWP
The old Rock Island railroad depot is located on the east side of Anadarko. The depot is operated as a history museum known as the Anadarko Philomathic Pioneer Museum, or the Anadarko Heritage Museum. Outside the building, in a baggage breezeway area, several pieces of Lockwood pecan harvesting equipment are on display. A sign on the chain link fence reads:
Located west of Anadarko on the Washita River bottom, the Boake Pecan Farm was planted in the 1920s by R. L. Boake, an early day pioneer who had first come to Anadarko in 1883. This is one of the oldest pecan groves in Oklahoma.
Comprising of 240 trees, the grove contains many different varieties of pecans. Hand labor was originally used to harvest the pecan crop each autumn. In the 1970s Corwin Boake, a nephew of R.L. Boake who had inherited the property, purchased a tree shaker, a pecan harvester and a cleaner to harvest the crop.
The equipment was used for ten years. Corwin Boake retired in the 1980s. The grove is no longer in operation.
This equipment was donated in memory of Corwin Boake who died in 1997.
The harvester and shaker sit within the fenced in breezeway. The cleaner is a few feet to the north at the back of the depot. Hopefully, these pieces of antique equipment will be restored by the museum.