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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Monday, April 21, 2014

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
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Milwaukee, a snow removal pioneer

On the day after a snow fall, this is a fitting blog.   

Did you know that Milwaukee was the first city to embrace the modern day snow plow?

Thanks to former East Town Association and Wisconsin State Fair director, Randy Prasse, for sharing this Mental Floss item with me. 

Writes Matt Soniak, "by the mid 1800s, several different inventors had patented their own versions of a horse-drawn snow plow meant for clearing alleys and residential streets that saw more foot traffic than carriages. In 1862, Milwaukee became the first major municipality to try one out, and it was a hit. Over the next few years, the plows hit the streets in cities throughout the Snow Belt."

Wikipedia says the first modern snow plow "ever built specifically for use with motor equipment was in 1913. It was manufactured by Good Roads Machinery in Kennett Square PA. and was designed to meet the exacting requirements outlined by engineers of the New York City Street Cleaning Bureau."

There's lot of cool stuff about snow removal here, so dive in and drive safely, Milwaukee.


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