John deere was a blacksmith who forged the first self cleaning plow that could turn the prairie soil. Farmers came from miles around and on the way to settle the land to purchase a plow. His business boomed and he decided to move it from grand detour illinois to moline illinois where he could easily get supplies and ship his plow. You can find this information and more by searching the john deere historic site or going to the john deere website. If you are an enthusiast, visit the gathering of the green website as well. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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