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Road Scraper Patent Model, 1892

Road Scraper Patent Model, 1892

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This is a patent model for a road scraper assigned to the Western Wheeled Scraper Company in 1892.
As the good roads movement gathered strength in the 1890s, inventors generated a host of patent applications for machines that improved roads using horse-drawn scrapers and graders.
Object Name
Road Scraper
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
patent date
Western Wheeled Scraper Company
overall: 21 in x 6 in; 53.34 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Patent Models
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
America on the Move
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I’m really excited to see this because I have found an ancestor Jay B Rhodes 1865-1931, who had a patents road graders while working for Western Wheeled Scraper Company. I am the author of “Kalamazoo’s Extraordinary Inventor Jay B Rhodes 1865-1931.”

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