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Custom craftsmanship – Carlson’s precision farm toys

Verl Carlson is shown holding a favorite customized piece; 1:16 scale die-cast John Deere Model 4240. The original version of this tractor was the last one Verl farmed with before retiring.

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Remember the farmer in your community who planted straight cornrows before GPS systems were available? Judging by his precision custom farm toys, Verl Carlson likely planted those straight rows when he farmed. Verl started collecting scale model farm toys in the late 1980s while still farming in Nebraska. Today this citified toy farmer from Johnstown, Colo., has honed his craft to a level of excellence.

After farming for 34 years in Wakefield, Neb., Verl and Carolyn Carlson retired to Colorado’s northeast community of Johnstown. This vibrant farming community was officially platted in 1902 by Harvey J. Parish and named after his son, John. As a community leader, H.J. Parish learned that Great Western Railroad Co. was building a railroad from Loveland east through this farming community to secure sugar beets for plants they were building in the area. The town grew and prospered from the Mohawk (later Carnation) Condensed Milk Co. and the Great Western Sugar Company. While these companies have ceased doing business, Johnstown continues to prosper as a bedroom community for the surrounding cities of Ft. Collins, Greeley and Denver.

Remember the farmer in your community who planted straight cornrows before GPS systems were available? Judging by his precision custom farm toys, Verl Carlson likely planted those straight rows when he farmed. Verl started collecting scale model farm toys in the late 1980s while still farming in Nebraska. Today this citified toy farmer from Johnstown, Colo., has honed his craft to a level of excellence.



After farming for 34 years in Wakefield, Neb., Verl and Carolyn Carlson retired to Colorado’s northeast community of Johnstown. This vibrant farming community was officially platted in 1902 by Harvey J. Parish and named after his son, John. As a community leader, H.J. Parish learned that Great Western Railroad Co. was building a railroad from Loveland east through this farming community to secure sugar beets for plants they were building in the area. The town grew and prospered from the Mohawk (later Carnation) Condensed Milk Co. and the Great Western Sugar Company. While these companies have ceased doing business, Johnstown continues to prosper as a bedroom community for the surrounding cities of Ft. Collins, Greeley and Denver.

Remember the farmer in your community who planted straight cornrows before GPS systems were available? Judging by his precision custom farm toys, Verl Carlson likely planted those straight rows when he farmed. Verl started collecting scale model farm toys in the late 1980s while still farming in Nebraska. Today this citified toy farmer from Johnstown, Colo., has honed his craft to a level of excellence.



After farming for 34 years in Wakefield, Neb., Verl and Carolyn Carlson retired to Colorado’s northeast community of Johnstown. This vibrant farming community was officially platted in 1902 by Harvey J. Parish and named after his son, John. As a community leader, H.J. Parish learned that Great Western Railroad Co. was building a railroad from Loveland east through this farming community to secure sugar beets for plants they were building in the area. The town grew and prospered from the Mohawk (later Carnation) Condensed Milk Co. and the Great Western Sugar Company. While these companies have ceased doing business, Johnstown continues to prosper as a bedroom community for the surrounding cities of Ft. Collins, Greeley and Denver.

Remember the farmer in your community who planted straight cornrows before GPS systems were available? Judging by his precision custom farm toys, Verl Carlson likely planted those straight rows when he farmed. Verl started collecting scale model farm toys in the late 1980s while still farming in Nebraska. Today this citified toy farmer from Johnstown, Colo., has honed his craft to a level of excellence.

After farming for 34 years in Wakefield, Neb., Verl and Carolyn Carlson retired to Colorado’s northeast community of Johnstown. This vibrant farming community was officially platted in 1902 by Harvey J. Parish and named after his son, John. As a community leader, H.J. Parish learned that Great Western Railroad Co. was building a railroad from Loveland east through this farming community to secure sugar beets for plants they were building in the area. The town grew and prospered from the Mohawk (later Carnation) Condensed Milk Co. and the Great Western Sugar Company. While these companies have ceased doing business, Johnstown continues to prosper as a bedroom community for the surrounding cities of Ft. Collins, Greeley and Denver.

Remember the farmer in your community who planted straight cornrows before GPS systems were available? Judging by his precision custom farm toys, Verl Carlson likely planted those straight rows when he farmed. Verl started collecting scale model farm toys in the late 1980s while still farming in Nebraska. Today this citified toy farmer from Johnstown, Colo., has honed his craft to a level of excellence.

After farming for 34 years in Wakefield, Neb., Verl and Carolyn Carlson retired to Colorado’s northeast community of Johnstown. This vibrant farming community was officially platted in 1902 by Harvey J. Parish and named after his son, John. As a community leader, H.J. Parish learned that Great Western Railroad Co. was building a railroad from Loveland east through this farming community to secure sugar beets for plants they were building in the area. The town grew and prospered from the Mohawk (later Carnation) Condensed Milk Co. and the Great Western Sugar Company. While these companies have ceased doing business, Johnstown continues to prosper as a bedroom community for the surrounding cities of Ft. Collins, Greeley and Denver.

Remember the farmer in your community who planted straight cornrows before GPS systems were available? Judging by his precision custom farm toys, Verl Carlson likely planted those straight rows when he farmed. Verl started collecting scale model farm toys in the late 1980s while still farming in Nebraska. Today this citified toy farmer from Johnstown, Colo., has honed his craft to a level of excellence.

After farming for 34 years in Wakefield, Neb., Verl and Carolyn Carlson retired to Colorado’s northeast community of Johnstown. This vibrant farming community was officially platted in 1902 by Harvey J. Parish and named after his son, John. As a community leader, H.J. Parish learned that Great Western Railroad Co. was building a railroad from Loveland east through this farming community to secure sugar beets for plants they were building in the area. The town grew and prospered from the Mohawk (later Carnation) Condensed Milk Co. and the Great Western Sugar Company. While these companies have ceased doing business, Johnstown continues to prosper as a bedroom community for the surrounding cities of Ft. Collins, Greeley and Denver.


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