Thursday, March 8, 2012

Roadside Relic: King Cotton's Old Ride

King Cotton has upgraded his ride.
 One grandfather was, for a time, a cotton farmer; the other grandfather was a cotton ginner.  I remember heaping-full cotton trailers wobbling down two-lane roads whose edges were downy from errant bolls.  But those days are gone.  Cotton is now loaded into module builders in the field before it is compressed into a giant semi-trailer-sized brick which is covered with a tarp before being trucked away.

But those cotton trailers hauled more than cotton:  off-season you could see them hauling household goods, and, since ginning season was, hopefully over by Halloween, they were ideal for hay rides.

No more.

What do you remember?

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