A small company started in 1837 by a man born in Rutland, Vermont by the name of John Deere, has evolved over the last 172 years from making farm equipment to residential, commercial, golf and forestry equipment as well. It’s hard to believe that a blacksmith became the most popular and world renowned person that he is today. And while all that’s left of him is basically a name, the name speaks volumes for the shaping of tractors and lawn mowers, plows and backhoes that are in high demand today. John Deere had an idea to help farmers back in Grand Detour, Illinois that made tractors what they are today, who knows what we might be without if it wasn’t for his genius.

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