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Every Farm a FactoryThe Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture$
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Deborah Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088137

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088137.001.0001

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The Campbell Farming Corporation

The Campbell Farming Corporation

(p.129) Chapter 5 The Campbell Farming Corporation
Every Farm a Factory

Deborah Fitzgerald

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the Campbell Farming Corporation in southeastern Montana, which was one of the most successful and large mechanized grain farms of the plains during the 1920s. Within the first few years of the founding of the Campbell Farming Corporation, the units were built into livable, if not luxurious, camps. At first, workers lived in big military-type tents, but buildings were constructed by about 1920. At Fort Peck, there were two separate units, each with several single-story bunkhouses, a two-room house for the manager, a kitchen with icehouse and dining hall, a blacksmith shop, and machinery sheds, but no bath house. Fort Peck also had a huge, 40-acre garden for growing food for the camps. In addition to the facilities on the units, the main headquarters in Hardin provided a central office, gasoline pumps, grain bins, access to railcars, and a shop.

Keywords:   Southeastern Montana, mechanized farm, Fort Peck, driving machines

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