John Crossman Cornwall England / Houghton Michigan 1862- 1945 Colossal Walking Beam Steam Engine and Boiler Plant With Driven Patent Mining Pumps and Compressor.  The compressor was built for indoor exhibition.

John Crossman Cornwall England / Houghton Michigan 1862- 1945 Colossal Walking Beam Steam Engine and Boiler Plant With Driven Patent Mining Pumps and Compressor. The compressor was built for indoor exhibition.

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Crossman emigrated to Houghton MI USA ca 1890 from Cornwall England where he became a mining and railroad engineer. At the age of 20 he began to design and machine his steam walking beam engine and boiler plant to drive his patented mining pump models. Around 1925 he built an air compressor to exhibit his masterpiece of engineering indoors. The elaborate plant incorporates all features of a full size plant and elaborate pumps with incredible detail were built to circulate water from under-pump copper reservoirs.
The pumps are mounted on two sections each 4 feet long. The steam plant cast base is 3 feet square . He made custom beautifully orchestrated tables that disassemble allowing for transport of all on a footprint of 4 feet by 8 feet. He transported the exhibit in a Ford Model T Pickup Truck and custom trailer. According to the family I acquired this from, Henry Ford in person travelled to Marquette around 1928 to acquire his iconic creation for the Edison Institute {Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan. Crossman refused to sell it at the time. A detailed description will subsequently be available taken from his daily notes over the 25 year period of machine work , casting work etc. At the age of ten in Cornwall England he was taught the art of machine work and pattern making. The Crossman family were miners or mining engineers. He came to America to work in the prolific ore mining business in upper peninsula Michigan.

Dimensions

Steam plant 3 feet square, driven pumps in coupled tandem sections 8 feet long, Free standing electric motor driven compressor 4.5 feet long

Circa

1900-1925

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Scientific, Technology, Early Technology, Surveying Instruments & Mining, Engineering antiques, Other Technology Antiques, Patent & Salesmans Samples

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