1866 Dudgeon Steam Wagon

Description
The Dudgeon steam wagon is one of the earliest self-propelled road vehicles built in the United States. Richard Dudgeon, a machinist who was known for his commercially produced hydraulic jacks, designed and built a steam-powered wagon because he hoped to end the abuse and mistreatment of horses. The wagon resembles a small locomotive, but it has a steering wheel and seats for the driver and eight passengers. Dudgeon drove the vehicle on New York City streets and at his farm on Long Island. It burned coal and ran at a top speed of 25 to 30 miles per hour.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
steam wagon
date made
1866
maker
Dudgeon, Richard
Measurements
overall: 5 5/16 ft x 5 ft x 11 5/16 ft; 1.62458 m x 1.524 m x 3.45338 m
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1981.0328.01
accession number
1981.0328
catalog number
1981.0328.01
subject
Transportation
Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kirkland H. Gibson

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