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Before tractors, engines fueled by steam often provided the power to run large farm equipment. At harvest time, a team of horses would have pulled this portable engine from farm to farm to power a crew's threshing machine. When he was only 19, Henry Ford operated this engine for a threshing crew. He later sought out and restored the engine, claiming that running it inspired his confidence in working with machines.
This steam engine, number 345, was built by Westinghouse & Company of Schenectady, New York.