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Image from page 240 of "A home geography of New York city" (1905)

Identifier: homegeographyofn00stra

Title: A home geography of New York city

Year: 1905 (1900s)

Authors: Straubenmuller, Gustave

Subjects: New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel New York (N.Y.) -- History

Publisher: Boston, New York [etc] Ginn & company

Contributing Library: The Library of Congress

Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation



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er Cooper hiu-ried to New York for a little brass engine he had, took it back with him toBaltimore, and made a locomotivein a coachmakers shop. The boilerof the engine was not as large asthe boiler attached to your motherskitchen range. He could not getany iron pipes the size he needed, so he used the barrels of oldguns for tubing. The locomotive was so small that he called it theTom Thumb. The Tom Thumb was not intended for use. It wasmade only to show the people who owned the railroad that a loco-motive such as they needed could be made. When the Tom Thumb was ready it was attached to a horsecar. There were thirty people in the car, and six people rode onthe locomotive. The TomThumb did what was ex-pected of it. It pulled thecar around the short curve.Everybody in Baltimorewas interested in the TomThumb, and for several weeks it was used to make trips. One daythere was a race between the engine and a famous gray horse. Thehorse drew a car on one track and the Tom Thumb drew a car on


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Modern Locomotive PETEK COOPEK 215 the other. The Tom Thumb was ahead, when something got out oforder; this caused a delay, and the horse won the race. The New Western Trade Route to China and Japan. America wasdiscovered because the sea captains and merchants of Europe weretrying to find a new trade route to China and Japan. New Yorkwas discovered because Henry Hudson came here looking for thenew trade route that was talked about so much. Europeans thoughtthere was a water way across our continent, and that this water waywould give them a western trade route to China and Japan. Otherparts of our country were dis-covered for the same reasons. As years went by explorersfound that our coun-try was a very bigplace, and that therewas no water waybetween the Atlan-tic ocean and thePacific. When theylearned this truth they gave up all hope of ever finding a shorterwestern trade route to Asia and continued to use the old traderoutes. When railroads were built many new trade routes wereplanne



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