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Deere destinations: Where to learn about the man and the company
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Blacksmith Rick Trahan, who operates a blacksmith shop at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, IL., is in the process of creating an oversized safety pin from a 36-inch long piece of quarter-round stock. Trahan was one of numerous demonstrations and activities taking place in celebration of John Deere's 200th birthday Saturday at the Commons.
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The John Deere Pavilion in Moline pays tribute to the Deere heritage, agriculture and the farm implement business.
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Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline, was built in 1892 as a wedding gift to William and Katherine Deere Butterworth.
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Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Ave., Moline, was built in 1872 for Charles Deere, the son of John Deere.
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Deere & Co. World Headquarters in Moline was designed by the late Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.
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An assembly line at the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline.
Want to learn more about John Deere, the man, and John Deere, the company? Here are several destinations where you can learn about both:

John Deere Historic Site

The John Deere Historic Site is located at8334 S. Clinton St., Dixon, Ill.Deere, who recently had moved from Vermont, set up shop in the nearby Rock River town of Grand Detour in 1836.The site features Deere's restored pioneer homeand is the location where he developed the first self-scouring steel plow. Other attractions include a blacksmith shop with working blacksmith, natural prairie and visitor's center. An archeological exhibit hall includes the site of the original Deere blacksmith shop.

The site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, May through October. Special group tours can be arranged during winter months.

Admission is $5; kids 12 and younger get in for free. For more information, call(815) 652-4551.

John Deere Pavilion andJohn Deere Store

The John Deere Pavilion and Store are located at John Deere Commons,1400 River Drive, Moline.This is the area where John Deere's first plow factory was located and Deere & Co. began. The John Deere Pavilion is a 15,000 square-foot, $7 million exhibition hall which pays tribute to the Deere heritage, agriculture and the farm implement business.

The Pavilion includes interactive exhibits and actual John Deere equipment that visitors young and old can climb on.This site attracts international visitors each week and is recognized as the most comprehensive agricultural exhibit in the world.

Hours are 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (309) 765-1000.

The John Deere Store is a specialty retail shop offering a wide variety of merchandise and collectibles for Deere enthusiasts of all ages. Items include clothing, toys, gift items and houswares.

In January and February the store is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. March through December it is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (309) 765-1007.

Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center

Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Ave., Moline, was built in 1872 for Charles Deere, the son of John Deere. The house offers a unique opportunity to view how architecture has changed and to learn about the families who once lived there.

Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline, was built in 1892 as a wedding gift to William and Katherine Deere Butterworth.The center also features extensive gardens open to the public.

Free guided tours are offered Monday through Friday by appointment. In July and August tours are offered at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information and to arrange a tour, call (309) 743-2701 or visit butterworthcenter.com.

Deere & Co. World Headquarters

Deere & Co. Administrative Center,One John Deere Place, Moline, was designed by the late Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and is world headquarters of the John Deere organization. It is located on1,400 acres of beautifully kept land and is home to a variety of wildlife including white tail deer, ducks, geese and swans.

Saarinen designed a complex of three buildings. The main office building, which is seven stories high, rises from the floor of a wooded ravine and faces two ponds. A glass-enclosed bridge connects the main building to a product-display building and a 400-seat auditorium.

The product display building contains current and historical John Deere products, as well as the Girard Mural, made up of more than 2,000 historical items from the period 1837-1918.

The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.The headquarts is located just off Illinois 5 /John Deere Road, about 3.5 miles east of the intersection of Interstate 74 and Illinois 5.

For more information, call (800) 765-9588.

John Deere Harvester Works Visitors' Center

John Deere Harvester Works, 1110 13th Ave., East Moline, is the home of Deere & Co.'s largest combine factory. Its newly-renovated visitors center offers free on-site tours and information on this innovative factory.

Last May, the facility produced the 500,000th self-propelled combine, a 9870 model.

The factory began making binders in 1910 and broke ground on John Deere Harvester Works in 1912. The factory initially manufactured horse-drawn grain binders, mowers, rakes and corn binders. In 1927, John Deere introduced its first combine, uniting harvesting and threshing in one operation. Twenty years later, Deere produced the company's first self-propelled combine.

Tours must be scheduled and are held at 8 and 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and last about one-and-a-half hours. Tours are restricted to those 13 and older and all visitors must wear closed-toed shoes, (Tours are subject to availability and factory production schedules.)

To schedule a tour, call (800) 765-9588.








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