Bay City: Excavator with a Story Photos By: David Stern

This old excavator lives in the back lot at Sherman's Pioneer Produce on Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve. It used to belong to Liz Sherman's father and was used daily in a gravel pit on South Whidbey Island. After Liz's father passed away, the excavator sat in the quarry and went into disrepair. After years of digging around the machine, it ended up on a pedestal. When Dale Sherman got the call asking if he wanted it, there was no hesitation. Only now the problem of moving it was his.

As the story goes, Dale and a small team of friends were able to get the big diesel engine running once the gas powered pony motor was replaced. Then they managed to get the machine onto a trailer. The next dilemma was how to lower the boom so that power lines would not be an issue while moving down the highway. Inch by inch they lowered the boom and got moving.

Once the trailer arrived at Sherman's Farm, the machine was fired up one last time, and here it sits. A monument to a time when running heavy machinery meant sitting on the engine and being tough as nails. No a/c. No cushioned seat. Just man and machine.

Copyright 2017. Photos by David Stern. Whidbey Custom Photography

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