Beers Odometer

Smith Beers of Waterbury, Conn., received a patent (#1,325) for an odometer on September 14, 1839. This is the model that he submitted to the U. S. Patent Office along with his patent application. It consists of a brass revolution counter that attaches to the axle of a wheel, a dial equipped with three pointers, and a bell that rings every mile.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Beers, Smith
overall: 5 in x 18 1/4 in x 3 in; 12.7 cm x 46.355 cm x 7.62 cm
Place Made
Naugutuc, Connecticut
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Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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