That got me to thinking, I wonder how many artifacts, civil or military, from the equine era there are around today? Things such as the fountain mentioned here.Pat Holscher wrote:Todd wrote:Indeed - in our town ( Lawrence, KS ) there is an old park with lots of the usual old park accoutrements like a gazebo/bandstand, etc. One of the old staples is a large two level fountain that was constructed by the efforts of boys and girls collecting change some 100+ years ago, to provide a fresh water supply for the draft animals that were plying the streets at the time. I'll have to dig up a photo of it - very interesting upper bowl for the 'display' aspect, and a low series of surrounding basins on the side for the animals to drink at their normal height.Pat Holscher wrote:
Straying off topic a bit, what this also serves to illustrate is how much, over the span of a century, things have changed in regards to working with animals. A century ago, large animals were a part of everyone's lives, even if they didn't work with them directly. If a person did nothing other than have home delivery of ice or milk, a draft animal was stopping by frequently. Huge numbers of people had employments that involved animals. Even people in my town occupation used horses a great deal, in that line of work, to ride circuits and what not, in the 19th Century. Now all this is mostly lost. And with it, something more than that is lost really. I don't mean to sound overly nostalgic or romantic about it, and a person shouldn't, but a complete severance from the natural world, including the natural world of animals, is an experiment humans have never before engaged in, and there's a lot of reason to believe that the results of that are not entirely good.
In those days, they took up a collection to provide for the animals. Today, they would take up a petition to fine anyone forcing an animal to work and ban them from the town.
One minor one I can think of was a steel ring that was set in the cement near my office, placed there so that you could tie a horse up there, on 2nd Street. Unfortunately, it's now gone as it was removed a few years ago when they put in a new sidewalk.