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MARCUS, Iowa — For over 30 years, Jr Pearson has been on a mission to preserve history — specifically items related to the days when horse power was the best way to get work done on the farm and in the cities.

Pearson’s collection is open by appointment only in the quiet town of Marcus, Iowa where at a certain point in history it was quite a bustling business center. It had the reputation for being the one of the largest shipping points for cattle, hogs, and chickens between Sioux City and Chicago, filling as many as nineteen livestock train cars in day.


The Barns Museum

Horse-drawn implements
Marcus, Iowa

If you can’t get enough of vintage farm equipment, schedule a trip to The Barns, a horse-drawn farm equipment museum in Marcus, Iowa. Museum developer, owner and director, J. R. Pearson, will be happy to visit with you about the many unique and rare pieces in his four-building collection.

​J. R. Pearson: 712-229-4809 or

Leather Draft Harness

Spotted leather draft harness. 24″ hames, two strap birchen, snaffle bits w/check lines, bata driving lines. This harness is in great condition. $1400.00. Depending on size may have collars that could be purchased also.

Dean @ 605/390/1662 or


Every thing on this buggy is new except the hardware. It has new axel and wheels that are roller bearing with rubber tires. Comes with shaves that would work with draft or quarter horse. It has never been used, actually only out of the shop once for pictures.

Contact Dean Sime @ 605-390-1662 or email

Pony Team Harness

Spotted bio pony team harness, three strap breeching, all stainless steel hardware and hames, 18″ hames, snaffle bits, both team and single driving lines are bata, shaft holders for using one harness and single horse. This harness will fit up to a 13 hand pony and is in excellent condition. This harness has more spots than normal, a real sharp looking harness. $1800.00. Depending on size may have collars that could be purchased also.

Contact Dean Sime @ 605-390-1662 or email

Cut Under Top Buggy

This cut under top buggy is all new except for some hardware. Has roller bearing wheel with rubber tires and new axles. Has storage compartment with lid in rear. This buggy, a deep purple, has never been used. Comes with pole, evener, single trees and neck yoke. More photos available upon request.

ontact Dean Sime @ 605-390-1662 or email

Waverly Draft Horse Sales

Waverly draft horse sales have been going on since the 1940s, when farmers started moving away from horses in favor of tractors.

The 4-day sale is held every spring and fall.

Visit for sale highlights and more information.

Borntrager Horse Sales

​Dan and Ben Borntrager farm at McIntire, IA. Their community is just inside the northern Iowa border, southeast of Austin, Minnesota.

Our Amish friends breed and train some outstanding horses.  Dan and Ben, and their father, Mose, always have a barnful of horses.

Reach Dan and Ben here to ask about horses for sale:
319-415-3147 (leave a message)
3032 485 St
McIntire, IA 50455