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A Racine pastor invents a horseless carriage in 1873.

Newspaper articles about Wisconsin's 1873 horseless carriage.

Long before the word "automobile" had been invented, a Racine pastor named J.W. Carhart invented a horseless carriage. These three newspaper articles describe his work and Wisconsin's place in the invention of the automobile. For excerpts from his letters, see the article entitled "Race of first steam buggies to Madison for prize is recounted" elsewhere on the Turning Points in Wisconsin History site.

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Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
Automobile Culture
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