Tread Power, circa 1885

Summary

As farmers mechanized barn and farmyard work in the nineteenth century, they began to use stationary power sources. Some invested in animal treadmills, which used the same "endless belt" concept as modern exercise treadmills to convert animals' movement into power for a range of agricultural machinery. This version, designed for dogs, goats, or sheep, could run small machines like butter churns or cream separators.

As farmers mechanized barn and farmyard work in the nineteenth century, they began to use stationary power sources. Some invested in animal treadmills, which used the same "endless belt" concept as modern exercise treadmills to convert animals' movement into power for a range of agricultural machinery. This version, designed for dogs, goats, or sheep, could run small machines like butter churns or cream separators.

Artifact

Treadmill

Date Made

circa 1885

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

Object ID

71.1.174

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of David M. Gwinn.

Material

Wood (Plant Material)

Dimensions

Height: 48 in

Width: 16.5 in

Length: 61 in

Inscriptions

ENTERPRISE MFG. CO. / TROY PENNA / PAT'S FEB. 25, 1871/June 28, 1881 / ADJUSTABLE TRACK

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