Port Huron Steam Traction Engine, "Longfellow," 1916

Summary

The late 19th to early 20th centuries saw huge steam engines like this used for threshing grain. They could move over the roads under their own power. Individual farmers generally did not own such machines. Rather, men made a business of moving from farm to farm, threshing grain during harvest time. Joseph Freund of Westphalia, Michigan bought this machine in 1917 and used it to power a Port Huron "Rusher" thresher-separator in Clinton and Ionia Counties, Michigan.

The late 19th to early 20th centuries saw huge steam engines like this used for threshing grain. They could move over the roads under their own power. Individual farmers generally did not own such machines. Rather, men made a business of moving from farm to farm, threshing grain during harvest time. Joseph Freund of Westphalia, Michigan bought this machine in 1917 and used it to power a Port Huron "Rusher" thresher-separator in Clinton and Ionia Counties, Michigan.

Artifact

Steam traction engine

Date Made

22 December 1916

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

Object ID

94.0.8.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Color

Red

Dimensions

Height: 120 in

Width: 96 in

Length: 228 in

Weight: 17200 lb

Horsepower: 19 hp  (48.47 kW - Draw Bar Horsepower)

Horsepower: 65 hp  (164.05 kW - Belt Horsepower)

Speed: 240 rpm  (0.11 Hz)

Diameter: 6.5 in  (Bore)

Diameter: 9.75 in  (Bore)

Length: 16.5 in  (Stroke)

Inscriptions

Location not specified: No7920 Location not specified: PORT HURON E & T Co

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