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Thread #43251 Message #4008551
Posted By: Lighter
12-Sep-19 - 11:22 AM
Thread Name: Why did John Henry hammer till he died?
Subject: RE: Why did John Henry hammer till he died?
Wile not directly connected to John Henry, the Pittsfield (Mass.) Sun (May 1, 1851), indicates the capabilities of steam drills even before the Civil War:
"The public papers a few days since gave an account of the work and working on a tunnel near Black Rock, N.Y. By working night and day with three shifts of hands, working with a steam drill, they made two feet progress in twenty-four hours."