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Weber wheeled road scraper

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Weber wheeled road scraper
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-19275

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Better Roads

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Dague Road Scraper and Leveller


Weber Wheeled Road Scraper
Catalog #: 329,174, Accession #: 277,275
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This horse drawn, self dumping, road scraper was patented by the Weber company.
Physical Description

patent model.
Brass with wood tongue and two 4 3/4" wheels. 11" overall length.

Details
Date Made:
1879
Credit:
Gift of the Society of Oldest Inhabitants of Washington, D.C.
History

Road draggers, scrapers, and levelers were used to build, grade, and maintain rural dirt and gravel roads. As cars became a common sight-and as they tore up road surfacings-road construction changed. Builders began to use asphalt, concrete and other harder and more durable surfaces to withstand the speed and weight of cars.


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