Recently, I saw this out-of-place tractor in Pasco.

Every week I go to physical therapy in Pasco on Court Street. Every time I park, I see this old tractor. I wonder why it's here. What is the significance?

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I inquired about it on Facebook and received a reply from Amanda.

I do not know why it's there BUT I do know that McCormick was the inventor of the reaper, right before John Deere with the plow in the late 1800's. This, I believe, is a 1940s model after they partnered with Deering. I just went over this with my 7th grader while doing a homeschool unit on the Sodbusters.

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I noticed it has "McCormick-Deering" displayed, who is McCormick-Deering?

I did some research.

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Cyrus Hall McCormick was an inventor born in Virginia in 1809. His father was a farmer, blacksmith, and inventor. Cyrus spent a lot of time in his father's workshop. In 1831 Cyrus built a reaper. He went on to establish the McCormick Deering Company in 1831. In 1847, Cyrus created the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. Then, in 1902, the 5 largest farm equipment companies (including Deering Harvester Company) merged to create the International Harvester Company. (IHC)

So, Why is this tractor on display at this Pasco parking lot?

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Not quite sure, but I vow to find out. On my next physical therapy visit, I will go into the neighboring businesses to inquire. I read on Wikipedia that an industrial model was made specifically for orchards and vineyards.

You can read more about the history of McCormick here.

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