The Steam Plow in America

Pursued for decades, the quest for a workable steam plow was ultimately abandoned with the successful development of the steam traction engine.

STEAM PLOW
IN 1867, CALIFORNIAN PHILANDER STANDISH BUILT THE 'MAYFLOWER'STEAM PLOW. THIS PHOTOGRAPH, PERHAPS THE ONLY KNOWN PICTURE OF STANDISH'S FIRST STEAM PLOW, WAS PLUBLISHED IN THE FEB. 14, 1948, ISSUE OF THE CALIFORNIA FARMER.STANDISH COMPLETED A SECOND STEAM PLOW, THE 'SONOMA,' IN LATE 1870 OR EARLY 1871. IN EARLY 1871 IT WAS SHIPPED TO LOUISIANA TO WORK A PLANTATION. INITIALLY WELL RECEIVED, STANDISH'S STEAM PLOW WAS NEVER FULLY DEVELOPED.