How To Plow Snow
Jan 29 2021
Snow plows didn’t begin to become patented until the 1840s, with early ones being put into use in the 1860s. One of the earliest practical models attached a plow to a cart, with teams of horses pulling it through snowy roads. Several years later, steam trains would come with a plow attached during wintry months to travel down the tracks so they could transport passengers to their jobs and more in all but the worst weather. A few cities tried putting salt on the roads, but people complained: “because it ruined the streets for sleighing and damaged pedestrian's shoes and clothing.” So, sand became the substance of choice when trying to melt ice.