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Wheel from the DeWitt Clinton locomotive, 1831Wheel from the DeWitt Clinton locomotive, 1831

In 1891 Smithsonian curators collected this early American railroad relic—a wheel from, according to the National Museum's 1891 annual report, the "first engine placed into service on . . . the oldest railway in the state of New York." On the wheel is inscribed "First Trip, August 9th 1831."

See also: Locomotives, Transportation

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