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John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo now open

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo will officially open Tuesday, Dec. 2.

"It's a beautiful story," said Dawn Hendershot, project manager.

Hendershot says it's that history the people working at the museum hope to show what the hundreds of employees have built over the years.

"It was really to celebrate for our employees the hard work that was done here, and the tractor and engine design and development and manufacturing in this community," said Hendershot.

The museum includes 19 tractors. Ten are owned by collectors, and the rest are owned by John Deere.

The museum also includes 25 interactive stations and six engines to help visitors learn a little more about engine designs.

Hendershot says the location of this museum is important and part of the John Deere history.

"This historic building, built in 1941, is the very site where these two-cylinder tractors got their beginning -- where the design and the testing actually occurred in this building, and then the tractors rolled off the assembly line in a building at a site just to the north of us," said Hendershot.

The museum will employ 20 people full- and part-time.

It will cost you $8 to get in, but only $4 if you're a John Deere employees or retiree, senior or active-duty military.

Children 12 and younger can get in for free.

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