Otis Patented the Steam Shovel

On the 24th of February in 1839, the Steam shovel was patented by William Otis of Philadelphia.

A steam shovel is a large steam-powered excavating machine designed for lifting and moving material such as rock and soil. It is the earliest type of power shovel or excavator. Steam shovels played a major role in public works in the 19th and early 20th century, being key to the construction of railroads and the Panama Canal.

 

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