Potato Cellar/Junkyard

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Welcome to everyone's favorite part of the tour. During this portion, please stay on the path, as it is not safe to walk through the junkyard itself. Some of the items in there haven't been moved since they were first discarded up to 80 years ago.

Behind you, to the east, you can see some out buildings in the parking lot. The chicken coop sits right behind the shop. The old cattle chute still stands proud in the middle. The wide building is the old shop, where George, Danny, and Bob would do all of their tinkering, and the smaller structure is the old pumphouse. If you look through the photos, you can see where the pond used to be. Water from the irrigation district would be pumped into the pond, and the pump house would push the water toward the irrigation system.

To the north, you'll see a hill where a large, green, house sits. Rob Rastovich, the grandson of George Rastovich, lives there today. That is the hill where George buried his still from his bootlegging days.

Now let's take a walk along the path of the junkyard. Remember, stay on the path.

One of the first things you will see is a brown and white ford pickup that Danny Rastovich drove for many years. Behind that, if you can spot it, is the hay elevator, built by Danny. While Danny didn't invent the hay elevator, he assembled this one entirely himself. Notice the fenders are made from locker doors. The chain around the wheel attachment causes the chain on the elevator to move, grabbing the hay bales from the field while someone on the trailer stacks them.

The next truck you see is an old Ford pickup. In this junkyard, you may even spot some rather modern-looking appliances, such as a refrigerator that, until a couple of years ago, was in use in the Rastovich house.

The next car you see is a 1970's Dodge Polera.

Behind the yellow horse trailer, you can see the outhouse.

Next to the yellow horse trailer, you can see what remains of a Model TT truck, and behind it, a 1929 Dodge Sedan.

When Bob was 12, he bought that Model TT truck for $1, and the seller included a spare engine. The first thing Bob did was take the engine apart. Mike washed the parts while Bob explained how each part worked. When the truck was put back together, Bob and Danny drove a quarter mile to haul a load of gravel. Low and behold, a cop stopped them and ticketed Bob $5 for not having a license; Bob and Danny had both been scared to death. Bob later used it to deliver milk for the Bradetich brothers. One time, Danny and Helen were riding on the bed of the truck while Bob was driving. Bob was messing around, starting and stopping suddenly until one moment when the truck jerked forward, Danny fell out the back. He was unhurt and quickly dusted himself off, but it gave Bob a scare.

When Bob was 15, he converted a Model T car to a buzz saw to cut wood and the headlights were mounted to the top of the barn. You can see a photo of the Model T when it was a buzz saw, but it is no longer on the property.

George bought the 1929 Dodge and drove it until the wheels came off - literally. He was driving down the road when the axle broke and the wheels came off.

Up close, you can see some of the old tractors, and if you keep on down the path, you can see an orange gas pump that was in use on the property until Rob Rastovich ran it over in high school

Old dressers, irrigation pipes, watering troughs - everything in this junkyard is kept because you never know when you'll need something from it.

At the end of the path, you can see another Ford pickup used by the Rastoviches until it broke down.

Scroll through the images below to see items in this junkyard when they were in use. Thank you for taking this stroll through history with us.



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