There’s a place in Carrizo Springs where one can buy some salt licks, feed supplements and tractor parts and implements. They specialize in International Harvester and have a fair parts supply on hand. It is also a good place to gossip with Marty and Jane, the proprietors, and catch up on the Wildcats (high school football), wheat and cattle prices and even a little local politics. Marty restores tractors as a hobby and has just restored a beautiful John Deere tractor he is trying to sell.
To continue to evoke a sense of place (see my recent post on this), I knew the layout needed an agricultural supply dealer. The kind of place that looks a little beat up, but is a solid part of the local economy and community. They only occasionally use rail service via the team track to get in salt blocks, mineral supplements and occasional tractor implements. They have been thinking about bringing in molasses by rail. Local producers have to drive up to Trinidad or over to Asherton. (For more on molasses and railroads, see my three-part series.)
As my previous structures, Walthers just happened to offer a perfect kit to meet my needs with very little modification. I opted for Walthers State Line Farm Supply.
It is a very easy kit to build and it only took a couple of hours.
It assembles very nicely. I created my own signs.
The building has really nice lines and feels like buildings I have seen across the West. Now, the building has a lot of windows so I put a little effort into creating a very simple interior.
Those are old International Harvester pickup truck advertisements on the walls. I have always liked the look of the old IH pickups.
I sought to do just enough that so that the building would pass for being occupied.
It looks a bit toy-like so you know what we need to do next…
Next post will share the final product.