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Wheel from the DeWitt Clinton locomotive, 1831

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Wheel from the DeWitt Clinton locomotive, 1831


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Exhibiting Transportation at the Smithsonian — Exhibiting transportation history, 1880-1950

Wheel from “Dewitt Clinton”
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
In 1891 Smithsonian curators collected this early American railroad relic—a wheel from, according to the National Museum’s 1891 annual report, the “first engine placed into service on . . . the oldest railway in the state of New York.” On the wheel is inscribed “First Trip, August 9th 1831.”
Date Made:
New York

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