John Deere opened its new John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, earlier this year. We know some of you went already because the people in charge of the museum told us you mentioned how you found out about it. Thanks for letting them know!
If you haven't made the trek yet, it might be a neat after-harvest activity if you want to get away and still learn something at the same time. No matter what color of tractor you drive, the museum brings the early history of gas engines and tractor manufacturing to life.
It actually starts with an interactive exhibit that lets you experience what the term "horsepower" actually means.
When you get in that 300-horsepower tractor to chisel stalk fields later this fall, how much power do you actually have? How many time more powerful are you in that tractor than your grandpa or great grandpa was with his team of horses?
See how many horsepower you can generate using the display in the exhibit. While you are there, be sure to check out other displays that take you from the early days of engine power to tractors all the way to the future.
The museum is actually built on the first floor of a building once used to assemble tractors. It took two trained historians working full-time for four years to prepare the museum.
We need to clarify admission policy from an earlier article. Admission to the Museum is $8 for adults, ages 13 -61. It is $4 for seniors, John Deere employees and retirees and active duty military personnel. Children age 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Refer to the John Deere museum website for more details and hours of operation.