Hugh McAlpine, James Gleason and Henry Ford with Westinghouse Steam Engine No. 345, Ford Homestead, Dearborn, Michigan, 1920

Summary

Portable steam engines could be hauled from farm to farm to power grain threshers, sawmills, or corn shellers. While working on a farm in 1882, nineteen-year-old Henry Ford powered this portable Westinghouse engine more effectively than his boss. The accomplishment had a lasting effect. Thirty years later, Ford tracked down, purchased, and restored the memorable steam engine to working condition.

Portable steam engines could be hauled from farm to farm to power grain threshers, sawmills, or corn shellers. While working on a farm in 1882, nineteen-year-old Henry Ford powered this portable Westinghouse engine more effectively than his boss. The accomplishment had a lasting effect. Thirty years later, Ford tracked down, purchased, and restored the memorable steam engine to working condition.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

10 February 1920

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.29371.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in

Width: 10 in

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