Dismantling the Newcomen Steam Engine "Fairbottom Bobs" Photograph Album, 1929-1930

Summary

Henry Ford acquired the oldest known surviving steam engine in 1929. The engine, known locally as Fairbottom Bobs, lay in ruin near Ashton-under-Lyne, England. Ford charged Herbert Morton to dismantle, crate, and transport what remained of the original engine to Dearborn, Michigan. This album chronicles Morton's experience, which included an archeological dig, building a bridge, and laying a short railroad.

Henry Ford acquired the oldest known surviving steam engine in 1929. The engine, known locally as Fairbottom Bobs, lay in ruin near Ashton-under-Lyne, England. Ford charged Herbert Morton to dismantle, crate, and transport what remained of the original engine to Dearborn, Michigan. This album chronicles Morton's experience, which included an archeological dig, building a bridge, and laying a short railroad.

Artifact

Photograph album

Date Made

1929-1930

Subject Date

1929-1930

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

29.3174.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 in

Width: 12 in

Thickness: 1.5 in

Newcomen Engine, circa 1750

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