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February 16, 2009

Huge Mule Team

It always amazes me how people a century or two ago used horse and mule power to achieve tasks that are now done with large machinery.

Some of their teams were mammoth in number, yet somehow worked smoothly together to accomplish the task. A while back I posted this photo of a 52-mule team hauling pipe for the construction of the Owens Valley Aqueduct in California.

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Imagine what it must have been like to harness and unharness that many mules? And then keep them all in line working together to get the job done? They must have learned pretty quickly where their place was and what their job was.

Here are a couple more large teams that I recently found.

This is a modern day 20-mule team pulling Borax wagons in a parade:

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Here you can see the 20-mule team rounding a corner. Notice how the two teams in front of the wheeler team (team right in front of the wagon) have jumped over the chain and are pulling the chain out toward the outside of the turn? This helps the team and wagon be able to maneuver around a much tighter turn where they wouldn't be able to go if the teams were all just pulling straight ahead. It's quite a sight to see in real life when you watch those two teams jump the chain, then jump back when the road straightens out. They know when the chain starts edging in on them, it's time to jump over it and start pulling out. Pretty smart!

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These may not be mules, but are impressive to watch none the less! This is a team of 48 Belgian draft horses pulling and 30 foot disk. Talk about a lot of horse power in those reins!

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Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 16, 2009 06:48 AM

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