Moline flaunts the famous green-and-yellow of John Deere.
He moved here in 1812 to launch what’s now the world’s largest and most-modern combine plant.
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Step across the road to John Deere Pavilion to “drive” a mighty combine, or “invent” a new crop via interactive displays, then shop for your must-have feed cap or toy tractor, proving the motto true: “It’s not work, it’s a way of life.” Want to check out the lifestyle of that fab family?
Tour the Deere-Wiman Mansion, built by John’s son, Charles, in 1872, which includes a library fitted with a pipe organ, along with show-offy modern conveniences like electricity (since 1899) and a power shower with side valves for “kidney and liver spray.” Across the street stands the largest house in the Quad Cities, the Butterworth Mansion of 1892, a more formal home built by Charles as his daughter’s wedding present, and attended by a staff of 28.
It’s all about the river in the Quad Cities—the quartet of river towns straddling the Mississippi where Iowa meets Illinois.
Low-slung barges slouch under the iron spines of down-to-business bridges.