Larsen Tractor Museum

Larsen Tractor Museum

The Larsen Tractor Museum, located on the University of Nebraska’s east campus, displays about 30 vintage tractors and tells the story of Nebraska’s Tractor Test Law. In 1918 Nebraska farmer Wilmot Crozier purchased a tractor from the Ford Tractor Company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He quickly discovered that the tractor could not perform as advertised. Ford automobiles were popular and sturdy, but this unscrupulous company was using the “Ford” name only to make sales. Crozier was elected to the Nebraska legislature and quickly offered a bill that required all tractors sold in Nebraska to be tested to assure that claims of performance were met. The Nebraska Tractor Test Law was enacted in 1919 and the test site is next to this museum. If only today’s Congress could be as responsible in safeguarding the public as Nebraska legislators one hundred years ago.

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