Over 180 years John Deere has made history and helped make America who it is today!
The World Championship Derby Track is honored with their presence and thankful for their historical impact!
1837-In Grand Detour, Illinois, blacksmith John Deere hears farmers’ concerns that their plows, designed for the sandy soil of the eastern United States, aren’t shedding the thick prairie soil. In response, Deere fashions a highly polished steel mold board from a broken sawblade.
1886-Founder, John Deere, dies at the age of 82. Just a few months before, he tells someone that “during his long life it had been a great source of consolation to him to know that he had never willfully wronged any man and never put on the market a poorly made article.”
1931-Responding to the impact of The Great Depression, the company took on $12 million in farmer notes, and extended terms on already purchased tractors and power farming machinery.
1943-Deere makes military tractors, ammunition, aircraft parts, and cargo and mobile laundry units during World War II.
1971-Nothing Runs Like a Deere™ advertises snowmobiles, a new product of the John Deere Horicon Works. The slogan lasts far longer than the snowmobile line, which is sold in 1984.
1987-Deere celebrates its 150th anniversary.
1992-John Deere launches the Gator Utility Vehicle line. The 6×4 model can haul 800 pounds in its cargo box and tow 1,200 pounds.
2013-“The Smithsonian Magazine” selects John Deere’s plow as one of the “101 Objects that Made America.”
2017-John Deere introduces the new gas-powered Gator XUV835 and diesel-powered Gator XUV865 Utility Vehicles. Offering our quietest cab, three-wide seating, and exceptional heating and air conditioning, the new full-size Gator utility vehicles help farmers and ranchers maximize productivity and comfort.
2018-John Deere will be riding strong at the Vintage & 55th Anniversary of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby by delivery service to the Corporate Suites and onto the World Famous track to rescue broken snowmobiles and maintain the track’s safety.