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John Deere Before the Tractor

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/01/09Jan20-John-Deere-Plow-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)When you hear the name John Deere you might think of tractors.  However, that is to think in modern terms. …

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The Relocation of John Deere

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/01/08Jan20-John-Deere-Plow-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)We’ve all heard of John Deere equipment and you may know the company is headquartered in Moline, Illinois.  But that’s…

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The Man Who Was Just Another Blacksmith

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/01/07Jan20-John-Deere-Plow-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)He was just another blacksmith until some of his old friends convinced him to move from the northeastern U.S. to…

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Guinness Records Knows Casey, Illinois

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/26Sep19-Casey-Illinois-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)The folks at Guinness Book World Records knows Casey, Illinois very well.  It seems they have to send someone there…

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A Beautiful Rocking Chair

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/25Sep19-Casey-Illinois-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)It’s a beautiful rocking chair.  The kind of chair that would be the perfect place to relax.  There’s plenty of…

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How Windchimes Changed Lives

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/24Sep19-Casey-Illinois-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)They are the windchimes that changed the way people thought about this small town.  How could wind chimes do that…

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A Place They Call Barnacopia

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/10Sep19-Barnacopia.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)What does a farmer do when he retires from working the land?  For Gary Bocker he really wasn’t looking to…

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An Iconic Vehicle Modernized

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/03Sep19-Mahindra-Roxor.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Some say it was the iconic vehicle of World War II.  A vehicle that General Esienhower said was one of…

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Grieving Traditions

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/26Aug19-Funeral-Customs-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)When someone close to us passes, we mourn.  While it’s not a topic we usually want to dwell upon…this man…

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History of a Difficult Subject

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/23Aug19-Funeral-Customs-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Today’s topic is one people don’t often like to discuss, yet it’s one with which all of us must deal…

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Popcorn and Pumpkins

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/24July19-Illinois-Popcorn-Pumpkins.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Popcorn, pumpkins and more.  Colin just thought every farm in American grew those crops, but then he took a look…

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The Risk of a Crop Below Ground

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/23July19-Illinois-Oil-Field-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Most farmers take on some risk when they put a crop in the ground.  This farmer sees the risk in…

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An Oil Field Where You Might Not Expect It

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/22July19-Illinois-Oil-Field-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)When you think of American oilfield you perhaps think of Texas, North Dakota or the fields on the north slope…

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A Trip to the Mastodon Park

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/07/12Jul19-Mastodon-Park.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Imagine you unearthed the bones of an animal and had little idea of what you found. Now imagine making up…

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From Korea to Vietnam

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/06/26Jun19-Kermit-Bell.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Over 2 decades after he first entered the army, Kermit Bell was now on his way to Vietnam. Not only…

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Civil War History in Sycamore, Illinois

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/04/18Apr19-Sycamore-Illinois-Civil-War-History.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)In the days after the Civil War, some African American families moved north with the Union troops with which they…

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The Historic Chicago Fire

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/10/17Oct18-Chicago-Fire-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)Bells rang the warning.  Prison cells were opened to allow inmates to save their own lives ahead of the coming…

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A Fast Moving Fire

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/10/16Oct18-Chicago-Fire-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)It was a fast moving fire. In fact, it was moving so quickly that people could not find aware to…

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The Most Famous Cow in History

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/10/15Oct18-Chicago-Fire-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)No doubt, she is one of the most famous cows in history…but is she really to blame for the problems…

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Inside the Dickson Mounds

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/07/31Jul18-Dixon-Mounds-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Long before there were cities like New York and Chicago…these giant cities were scattered across the nation.  Today we try…

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