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F.H. Ball Steam Engine

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2021
1. F.H. Ball Steam Engine Marker
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F.H. Ball, of Foxburg, PA, patented improvements to valve gears in steam engines on March 23, 1875. These improvements created a steam tight valve that would always remain so.

A new reverse movement was devised for reversing engine power from the derrick to the sectional balance wheel. These improvements rendered it superior to all others for use in the petroleum industry at the time.

Given in memory of Clifford Dittman by the Wayne Dittman family.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is March 23, 1875.
 
Location. 41° 8.444′ N, 79° 40.756′ W. Marker is in Foxburg, Pennsylvania, in Clarion County. Marker is at the intersection of St. Petersburg Road (Pennsylvania Route 58) and Main Street, on the right when traveling east on St. Petersburg Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Main Street, Foxburg PA 16036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Erie to Pittsburgh Trail (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foxburg (about 800 feet away); Foxburg Golf Course (approx. 0.4 miles away);

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Foxburg Country Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Emlenton Mill (approx. 2.8 miles away); Rural Electrification (approx. 2.8 miles away); James Bennett - Premier Entrepeneur (approx. 2.9 miles away); Railroad Supplies The Area's Needs (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foxburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Ball Engine Company (Erie PA History Blog, 2016). (Submitted on April 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A later (1903) F. H. Ball Steam Engine Patent. (Submitted on April 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2021
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 12, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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