“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hinsdale in Cheshire County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)

Hinsdale's Auto Pioneer

Hinsdale's Auto Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tony Farrick, December 29, 2011
1. Hinsdale's Auto Pioneer Marker
Inscription.  In the Holman and Merriman Machine Shop opposite this location, George A. Long of Northfield (Mass.) in 1875 built a steam propelled four wheel automobile with a fifth wheel for steering. This vehicle, fired by hardwood charcoal, had a bicycle-type frame, ordinary wooden wheels, solid rear axle and could maintain 30 miles per hour, roads permitting. This early inventor patented and built another automobile, propelled by gasoline, now in The Smithsonian Institution.
Erected by New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. (Marker Number 112.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
Location. 42° 47.267′ N, 72° 28.443′ W. Marker is in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, in Cheshire County. Marker is on Canal St., on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56 Canal St, Hinsdale NH 03451, 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. Hinsdale and the Power of the Ashuelot (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Story of Anadromous Fish (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newhall & Stebbins
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); Nation's Oldest Continuously Operating Post Office Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Vernon Union Church (approx. 2.6 miles away in Vermont); Ashuelot Covered Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Jemima Tute (approx. 2.8 miles away in Vermont); Fort Bridgman Marker (approx. 3 miles away in Vermont). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hinsdale.
The Holman and Merriman Machine Shop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, June 1, 2019
2. The Holman and Merriman Machine Shop
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2011, by Tony Farrick of Shelburne Falls, Ma.. This page has been viewed 947 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1. submitted on December 29, 2011, by Tony Farrick of Shelburne Falls, Ma..   2. submitted on November 9, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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