From a New York Herald description of the motive power for the 1870 Beach Pneumatic Subway:
"The blower is known as Root’s Patent Force-blast Rotary Blower, and the principle of it is greatly in use in the West, in all forges, instead of the old blacksmith’s bellows. It is an Indiana invention, and is one of the few good things that come from that state." [Emphasis mine]
Bite. Me. (And dammit, we went ahead and sold them the limestone for the Empire State Building anyway. We even keep the hole it came out of, in case they change their minds and send it back.)
The good news? After the subway demo ended the tunnel had a second life as a 100' indoor rifle range!
Yeah, New York failed on that eventually, too.
PS: I was hoping to Go Places and Do Things today. Instead, I have got a migraine the size of a western state and flaring arthritis. Oh, joy. OTOH, I did finally get a good long soak in the tub.
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