Home of the First Snowmobile - Ossipee, NH
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 43° 49.388 W 071° 12.345
19T E 322629 N 4854593
Quick Description: In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Ossipee became the home of the first snowmobile, a conversion kit for the Model T Ford in 1913 patented by Virgil White.
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 12/10/2014 9:35:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMN22X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

There were two identical welcome signs installed along Route 16 in Ossipee, New Hampshire, in 2010, celebrating the history of this scenic community as the home of the first snowmobile. The painting shows one of these early snowmobiles in a winter setting.

Virgil White developed a conversion kit for the Model T Ford in 1913 and began manufacturing them in Ossipee until the factory closed and mysteriously burned in 1929, after the business was sold to a company in Wisconsin.

A full history of this original machine can be found on the The Model T Ford Snowmobile Club

And the New York Times published and article entitled An Original Snowmobile in 2009 highlighting the history of White's machine as well as other common modifications to the Model T.

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