Snowmobile

Snowmobile (HMO0T)

Location: Sayner, WI 54560 Vilas County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 59.195', W 89° 31.923'

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Wisconsinites experimented with over-snow vehicles before 1900, trying bicycles on runners with gripping fins, steam-propelled sleighs and later Model T Fords converted with rear tractor treads and skis in front. In the first races held near Three Lakes in 1926, 104 of these "snowbuggies" started.

Carl Eliason of Sayner developed the prototype of the modern snowmobile in 1924 when he mounted a small gasoline-powered marine engine on a long toboggan, steered with skis under the front and driven by a rear, single, endless track.

Patented in 1927, Eliason made 40 snowmobiles. Upon receiving an order for 200 from Finland, he sold his patent to the FWD Company of Clintonville. They made 300 for military use, then transferred the patent to a Canadian subsidiary.

There are 2½ million snowmobiles in North America now. Annual sales exceed $1 billion and result in 100,000 jobs. Used even above the Arctic Circle, they provide not only recreation, but mobility for utility repairment, forest rangers, game wardens, mail carriers, policemen, etc.
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HM NumberHMO0T
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
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Marker Number212
Year Placed1975
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 12:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 303892 N 5095674
Decimal Degrees45.98658333, -89.53205000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 59.195', W 89° 31.923'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 59' 11.70" N, 89° 31' 55.38" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-265 Co Hwy N, Sayner WI 54560, US
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