Is this New York’s first motorized snowplow?

The caption for this photo, giving us a glimpse of the aftermath of a huge city snowstorm in 1899, doesn’t tell us what corner we’re looking at. But it does show something interesting.


“Special snow plow vehicle plowing during the Blizzard of 1899,” it reads. For years, of course, the city got rid of snow by packing it in carts drawn by horses. This looks like an early version of a motorized snow plow.

It’s from the wonderful photo collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

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5 Responses to “Is this New York’s first motorized snowplow?”

  1. Judith Redfern Says:

    Love old photos and glad museums etc preserve them for future generations. Look forward to seeing more. Thks

  2. Joe Fliel Says:

    That type of plow was developed to clear streetcar tracks.

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks Joe, I think I see the tracks there. More efficient than horses!I wonder what it sounded like.

  4. Rich T Says:

    Fill a cart, haul it somewhere, return, fill it up again… That must have taken forever.

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