"but it looked good to Charlene..."
Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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The Wal-Mart Parking Lot (classy)
Today I visited the John Deere Waterloo Assembly Plant and it was quite a sight
The tour lasted about two hours and took us through the majority of the plant where three different series of tractors are assembled, painted, accessorized, etc, but there was also a good dose of history about the company and talk about how quickly things change. Also, when the nation called or at times when farming was down the plant has tried its hand at manufacturing everything from tank engines to golf carts. They are also the only farm implement company that has retained its original name since its humble beginnings with the first steel plow in 1837. They also mentioned a particular quote from John Deere himself that I think has helped hold the company to a certain standard through the years: "I will never put my name on a product that does not have in it the best
that is in me."
After leaving the plant, I stopped for lunch at a roadside diner in a blink of a town called Raymond before proceeding to Grundy County, IA. I did not go down to the Grundy County auction, nor did I see something that I just had to have
After navigating the back-roads of Grundy, I continued south to Des Moines where my first stop was the Iowa State Capitol Building. It was bitterly cold and already dark, but apparently they don't have issues with people showing up after dark to walk around inside their capitol with a large camera. I also forgot I had a small pocket knife with me upon entering the building, but the security guard assured me it was very common and said I could pick it up on my way out. The building itself was (fittingly) very stately. Gold leaf, exotic marble, large paintings, and a monumental dome all added to the splendor. If you ever find yourself in Des Moines, it's certainly worth a gander. After leaving I decided to risk frostbite to go around the front of the building and take some shots of it at night. Hopefully, it was worth the pain that my later thawing fingers endured.
At the end of the night I was once again greeted by large white letters against a background of blue promising me that I will always save money as long as I'm here...considering the prices of hotels, I'd say it's working.