St. Johnsbury in Caledonia County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
First American Platform Scale
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.
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. Touch for map. This marker is in front of the Fairbanks-Morse plant. Marker was at or near this postal address: 2176 Portland Street, Saint Johnsbury VT 05819, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Court House Grounds & Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (approx. 2.2 miles away); St. Johnsbury Trade School (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named First American Platform Scale (approx. 2½ miles away); Northeastern Speedway (approx. 2.8 miles away); 1st Normal School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Vail Campus (approx. 7.8 miles away); Theodore N. Vail (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Johnsbury.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - Thaddeus Fairbanks. (Submitted on October 1, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 9 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.