Antique and Vintage Tractors
The first tractors in the United States were introduced in the middle of the 19th century and were powered by steam. Known as traction engines, the source of the word "tractor," these steam tractors were used for both plowing and threshing. Manufacturers of early steam tractors included Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co., J.I. Case, and Advance-Rumely. In 1892, an Iowa inventor named John Froelich built the first gasoline-powered tractor,...