“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grand Detour in Ogle County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Grand Detour Plow Factory

The Grand Detour Plow Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
August 20, 2015
1. The Grand Detour Plow Factory Marker
Inscription.  John Deere came to Grand Detour in 1836. In 1837, he fashioned a steel plow out of a broken sawmill blade in his blacksmith shop situated in the nearby John Deere Historic Site.

In 1843, John Deere and Leonard Andrus formed a partnership to "become co-partners together in the art...of blacksmithing, ploughmaking and all things thereto belonging..." In1846, a two-story plow factory was constructed on this site. That year they had ten employees and manufactured 400 plows. The partnership was dissolved in 1848 and John Deere went on to found a new company bearing his name in Moline, Illinois.

Leonard Andrus and partners continued to operate the Grand Detour Plow Factory. It burned down in 1857. It was rebuilt in 90 days. Sixty employees produced 50-60 plows per day until the company moved to nearby Dixon, Illinois, in 1869 to be near the railroad. The abandoned factory burned down in 1890. This wall is the last remnant of this factory and thus part of the early manufacturing heritage of Grand Detour.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.

Ruins of the wall of the Grand Detour Plow Factory image. Click for full size.
August 20, 2015
2. Ruins of the wall of the Grand Detour Plow Factory
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41° 53.761′ N, 89° 24.786′ W. Marker is in Grand Detour, Illinois, in Ogle County. Marker can be reached from Illinois Route 2. Can be viewed from parking lot near the river. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dixon IL 61021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erected to the memory of Leonard Andrus founder of the village of Grand Detour Illinois 1835 (a few steps from this marker); Grand Detour, Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Ferry Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); La Sallier's Cabin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of the First Cabin Built for Hon. Joseph Crawford (approx. one mile away); Lincoln in the Black Hawk War (approx. 4.9 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 5 miles away); Lincoln Supports Fremont for President (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Detour.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2019. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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