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St. Johnsbury in Caledonia County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

First American Platform Scale

 
 
First American Platform Scale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 24, 2013
1. First American Platform Scale Marker
Inscription.  
After experimenting with new types of farm equipment, plows, and stoves, Thaddeus Fairbanks invented the platform scale here in 1830. With his brothers Erastus and Joseph, he founded the company which still bears their name. Many St. Johnsbury public institutions were gifts of this talented family.
 
Erected 1949 by Vermont Historic Sites Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 44° 25.662′ N, 71° 58.698′ W. Marker was in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in Caledonia County. Marker was at the intersection of Portland Street (U.S. 2) and Spaulding Road, on the right when traveling east on Portland Street. This marker is in front of the Fairbanks-Morse plant. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 2176 Portland Street, Saint Johnsbury VT 05819, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Green Mountain Supermarket (approx. 2 miles away); Parrot Gun No. 107
Wideview of First American Platform Scale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Craft, August 26, 2015
2. Wideview of First American Platform Scale Marker
Fairbanks factory is blue building to the right of the marker
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(approx. 2.2 miles away); St Johnsbury Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Parrot Gun No. 126 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Newell Hall (approx. 2.2 miles away); Court House Grounds & Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); St Johnsbury World War II Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); St Johnsbury World War I Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia - Thaddeus Fairbanks. (Submitted on October 1, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
 
Fairbanks Scales Billboard near the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 24, 2013
3. Fairbanks Scales Billboard near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on June 16, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1. submitted on June 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.   3. submitted on June 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 27, 2022