Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frankhj
N 45° 59.195 W 089° 31.916
16T E 303901 N 5095673
Quick Description: Snowmobile Marker in Sayner
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 7/21/2007 6:36:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM1WMX
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
Views: 27

Long Description:
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 the "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 snomobiles. Upon receiving an order for 200 from Finland, he sold his patent to the FWD Company of Clintonville. The made 300 for military use, then transferred the patent to a Canadian subsidiary.
There are 2-1/2 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.
County: Vilas

Location: Park

MarkerID: 212

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