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Our History

Adams Tractor  •  Coeur d’Alene Tractor • Boundary Tractor  •  Adams Tractor Lewiston

It wasn’t a bad living selling apples in the early 1920’s but when Henry Ford stepped off a train and struck up a conversation with Don Adams about the idea of selling tractors, as an alternative to being a fruit farmer, it was a no-brainer to pursue a new path. By 1929, he had established Adams Tractor in Spokane, WA and never looked back.

Adams Tractor distinguished itself as a reputable business serving farmers and homeowners in Eastern Washington, and eventually expanded its operation with Coeur d’Alene Tractor in 1948 to accommodate the Northern Idaho market. Twenty-eight years later they opened Boundary Tractor in Bonners Ferry, Idaho with the help of another family member, Cal Russell.

Currently, there are five generations representing three locations of one of the most iconic family businesses in the Inland Northwest.

1920
Don Adams Meets Henry Ford

Henry Ford introduces the idea of selling tractors to Don Adams.

Fordson Tractor
1926
Harry Ferguson’s Invention

Harry Ferguson invented the hydraulic 3-point hitch that revolutionized the tractor industry.

Talking Movies & Amelia Earhart

In 1927, talking movies were invented, and Amelia Earhart crosses the Atlantic ocean.

1929
Stock Market Crashes

The stock market crash of 1929 was a four-day collapse of stock prices that began on October 24, 1929.1 It was the worst decline in U.S. history.

Adams Tractor Established

Don Adams started Adams Tractor in Spokane, WA with the idea of making life easier for farmers and landowners.

1941
Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor was bombed after the United States enters World War II.

1948
Coeur d’Alene Tractor Opens

Jack Adams, the oldest of Don Adams’ six sons, opens Coeur d’Alene Tractor in Northern Idaho.

1949
Tractor on Ice

Jack Adams tests out the new Ford 8n Tractor while helping locals to create an ice rink when Coeur d’Alene lake froze in 1949.

1950
Carroll Adams Tractor

Carroll Adams Tractor opens for business in Walla Walla, Washington

1952
First Tractor Loader Backhoe

First tractor loader backhoe was invented and introduced by Wain-Roy and mounted to a Frank G. Hough tractor.

1961
Alaska & Hawaii Join the Union

Alaska & Hawaii become the 49th and 50th States.

1967
John Adams Joins CDA Tractor

John Adams (oldest son of Jack) returns from the Navy to join the family business in Coeur d’Alene.

CDA Tractor Moves

CDA Tractor moves from its original 4th St location to the current location on Appleway St.

1968
Lawn & Garden Industry grows

Lawn & Garden industry starts to show significant progress along with Bolens taking the lead as the main product line.

1969
Moon Landing

Astronauts Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin become the first men to land on the moon.

1974
CDA Tractor Adds Kubota

CDA Tractor becomes a Kubota dealer and turns into the number one product line for the next 30+ years.

1976
Boundary Tractor Opens

Boundary Tractor in Bonners Ferry, Idaho opens for business. Two years later, Cal Russell takes over management of that location.

Wally Adams Joins CDA Tractor

Wally Adams returns to CDA and joins the family business.

1980
Bruce Schuh Joins the Team

Bruce Schuh joins the Sales team at CDA Tractor and is currently Vice President of the company as well as manager of Adams Tractor in Spokane, WA.

Mt. St. Helens Erupts

Mount St. Helens erupts, covering the Northwest with ash and forever changing the landscape.

1992
Ford Purchases New Holland

Ford purchases New Holland and eventually sells to Fiat in Italy and becomes CNH (Case New Holland) by 1998.

2001
September 11, 2001

Multiple airplanes hijacked by terrorists in New York area and crashed into World Trade Center and The Pentagon changing our world forever.

Howie Russell Joins CDA Tractor

Howie Russell joins CDA Tractor as a Setup Technician establishing a 5th generation in the family business and subsequently moved into sales & management.

2008
Heavy Snow Causes Collapse

Diesel Engine shop collapsed due to heavy snow load causing over $750,000 worth of damage and months of renovation for CDA Tractor.

 

2011
CDA Tractor Purchases Adams Tractor

CDA Tractor purchases the business and physical assets of Adams Tractor Co. in Spokane, WA.

2017
Chris Adams Returns

Chris Adams returns home to join the family business at CDA Tractor

2019
Matt Adams Returns

Matt Adams returns home to join the family business at CDA Tractor.

2020
Adams Tractor Lewiston Opens

Adams Tractor Lewiston opens for business with Alan Pucket and Kevin Lockard guiding the ship.

Adams Tractor Lewiston

2128 2nd Ave N
Lewiston, ID 83501
208-743-4571

adamstractorlewiston.com

Coeur d’Alene Tractor

1112 W Appleway Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
208-765-2315

cdatractor.com
 

Boundary Tractor

6632 Main, PO Box 900
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
208-267-5571

boundarytractor.com

Adams Tractor

1602 E Trent Ave
Spokane, WA 99302
509-535-1708

adamstractor.com

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