Although hay derricks were replaced by mechanical haying equipment over fifty years ago, they are still common features of the landscape in Mason Valley, as well as in Smith and Carson valleys and in Dayton and Fallon. In her study of ranches in Mason Valley, folklorist Andrea Graham documents that the derricks found in these areas are all of the same type. The tall central mast has a boom fastened halfway up its height. To stack hay, this boom can be raised or lowered with a cable. The mast rotates, enabling stacks to be made without moving the derrick.
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