Allis-Chalmers Powered Russell "Junior" Road Grader - c. 1920


Allis-Chalmers Powered Russell "Junior" Road Grader - Meiser

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In this nicely-composed photo, Jesse Meiser brings us into the world of early road maintenance. You can almost smell the freshly turned dirt. Taken near Eureka in northern California, after Meiser had moved there from the Portland area, this view features the Russell Grader - one of the more popular graders of its time. After beginning with horse-drawn graders, the Russell company made the transition to gasoline power by providing their grader mechanisms to several tractor companies, who outfitted the graders with their engines. Besides Allis-Chalmers, the Caterpiller company also adapted Russell Graders for gasoline power. In the late 1920s Caterpiller bought the Russell company, and began making the graders under their own nameplate. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0291
Photographer Jesse A. Meiser
Location California
Subject Road Work
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 7.7 x 9.6 inches
Photographer's Number Number 505