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First Automobile Wreck
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ModernMagi
N 40° 46.290 W 084° 37.002
16T E 701138 N 4516124
Quick Description: Not far from the location where John Lambert created the first automobile, is the location of the first automobile wreck.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 8:59:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMF3TX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Zork V
Views: 2

Long Description:
In 1890, John William Lambert, a resident of Ohio City, Ohio, built the first gasoline-powered single-cylinder automobile. Lambert purchased a three-cylinder gasoline engine for 3,300 dollars and converted it to a single-cylinder engine. He also used a seven-gallon radiator with steam vent and a carburetor in his engine. Lambert placed the engine in a buggy chassis, with two rear wheels and a single wheel off of a wheelbarrow in the front. Lambert's car could reach speeds as high as five miles per hour. Unfortunately, Lambert's automobile no longer survives today as it was destroyed in a fire in Lambert's barn on October 1, 1891.

Many scholars also claim that Lambert was involved in the first automobile accident in world history. Lambert's vehicle, which was carrying Lambert and James Swoveland, hit a tree root, causing the car to careen out of control and smash into a hitching post. There is a sign that marks this “First automobile accident” just slightly west of the only traffic light in town. Injuries from this accident were minor. Lambert proceeded to patent over six hundred inventions, mostly affiliated with the automobile industry.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Item or Event

Date of FIRST: 1/1/1891

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