A century of tractors

A century of tractors
The employees of the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo stand by a restored Waterloo Boy, the model that launched the company into tractor making. From left are Josh Waddle, Mike Eicher, Rosa Grant, Randy Nyman and Paige Figanbaum.

John Deere is celebrating a century of making tractors. And they are celebrating where the company began making their famous green machines: in Waterloo.

A celebration of “all-things John Deere” will be on full display in Waterloo when Deere & Company hosts a free, two-day event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the company’s entrance into the U.S. tractor market.

A wide range of events and activities will be offered at the Waterloo Convention Center and the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, June 15-16. This special celebration is free and open to the public.

“The company wasn’t originally looking to get into the tractor business. Company leaders were divided on the issue, but after a closed-door board meeting ...

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