John Lane

John Lane

Death 1857 (aged 63–64)
Burial Lockport, Will County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 9437118 · View Source
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Inventor of The First Steel Plow:
John Lane (1793-1857).Although many people give credit to John Deere for inventing the steel plow that broke the prairies, the honor rightly belongs to Lockport's John Lane. A New Yorker, Lane arived in the Lockport-Joliet area in 1833. He too experienced difficulties in plowing the soil with iron or wood plows. Tinkering in his blacksmith shop, Lane perfected the first steel plow, made from a worn-out saw blade. He never patented his invention, but began seling them to local farmers. Within a few years agriculture had been transformed,as more acres were cultivated. The prairies began to disappear at an increasing rate, and our landscape was irrevocably altered. On his death the magazine Scintific American stated that "John Lane Sr. should ever be remembered as one of the great inventors of the country."

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  • Created by: BOB DODGE
  • Added: 8 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9437118
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Lane (1793–1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9437118, citing Lockport Cemetery, Lockport, Will County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by BOB DODGE (contributor 46564062) .