A gas powered tractor for small-scale farmers

Garden tractor manufactured by the Gilson Bolens Manufacturing Co., Port Washington, Wisconsin, 1928-1939

This multi-purpose, walk-behind garden tractor helped bring the advantages of gasoline power to small farmers and market gardeners across America. The Gilson Manufacturing Co. of Port Washington, Wisconsin, was the first company to attach a gasoline engine to a multi-purpose gardening tractor.

Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
Industrialization and Urbanization
The Rise of Skilled Manufacturing
Farming and Rural Life
Creator: Gilson Bolens Manufacturing Company
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Museum (Museum object #2001.1.1)
Citation: Bolens Garden Tractor. Wisconsin Historical Museum. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1603; Visited on: 12/9/2021