The Rise of Riding Implements

Seats on horse-drawn implements helped boost farm productivity during and after the Civil War.

In 1875, the John Deere Plow Works in Moline, Ill., began selling a riding 1-bottom plow named after the inventor, Gilpin Moore. Within a decade, nearly 150,000 Gilpin plows were sold annually. The riding 2-bottom gangplow was added to the Deere line in the early 1880s. Moore also helped design early John Deere gangplows.