Historical Travel

Museums, historical sites, historic figures

The Stuttgart Tractor - remembering innovation

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It was 1999 when Dan Shima, a good friend and Minneapolis Moline collector told us about the winter convention in Stuttgart, Arkansas.  We traveled south in the middle of winter to a whole other lifestyle of rice fields and duck hunting and met the man who was instrumental in building what may be the first […]

Glimpse of a statue, R.G. LeTourneau's legacy - picture by Janna Seiz

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Sometimes a statue can be a thought provoker and that is how it was with the statue of Robert Gilmour LeTourneau, better known as R.G. LeTourneau. While looking for the Luthy Botanical Gardens I spied the statue by near the Glen Oak Park tennis courts. From my antique tractor and machinery background I recognized the […]

Museum of the Grand Prairie is Very Grand Indeed!

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It had been almost two decades since Keith and I were in Stuttgart, Arkansas.  We traveled to the area for the Minneapolis Moline Winter show back in 1999 and met the charming Don Oliver who was an agricultural pioneer.  Renee Robinson, Director of the Grand Prairie Center arranged a visit to Stuttgart for us and to […]

The National John Deere Model G Reunion a tractor meet and greet

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I wasn’t there the busiest days of this great event that took tons of planning and many traveling to Greenville’s American Farm Heritage Museum site, but I saw part of it, and it was awesome.  Today, Sunday, was the last day of the event and G’s were loading up and heading home, in fact, many […]

We did give a fig for the Figge Art Museum and cafe!

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On a hosted trip to the Quad Cities, my daughter Allie and I got our culture on when we visited the Figge Art Museum.  Located in downtown Davenport, the building itself, a beautiful glass structure, is a piece of art in its own right. Our first destination was the Figgie Cafe where we found upscale […]