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Froelich, Iowa: Froelich Museum: First Tractor

John Froelich invented the first gasoline-powered tractor to go in reverse in 1892. See a replica in his hometown village, once known as "Tractor Town USA." No one lives there now. Historical marker, old buildings, train cars, farm stuff.

24397 Froelich Rd, Froelich, IA
On the north side of US Hwy 18, either four miles east of Monona or ten miles west of Prairie du Chien. The village of Froelich is now a historical attraction; no one lives there any more.
Museum May-Sep, Th-M 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Museum adults $7.
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Froelich Museum: First Tractor

Unique general store and museum dedicated to John Froelich, the inventor of the first gasoline-powered tractor to go in reverse. He eventually partnered with John Deere, and the rest is history.

[Kurt Bowermaster, 01/29/2018]

A replica of the 1892 tractor is on display inside the General Store, and there's a monument to the tractor outside, dedicated in 1939.

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