Spreading the Wealth Since 1900

Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (HM1IBA)

Location: St. Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 54.475', W 81° 19.16'

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The Modern Solution for the original "Dirty Job"!

You think your job is tough?
Try being a manure spreader in the 1800s.

Imagine the relief for farmers when the first practical manure spreader was introduced to the farm in 1900. It was developed and patented by Joseph Oppenheim, a schoolmaster who was concerned about how much time his young students were forced to work in the fields. In 1800, he developed a system of paddle distribution (from watching a paddleball game his students were playing) to increase the distribution spread, thus eliminating the need for workers to do this manually. This was the innovation that made the device effective. He began to manufacture his "new idea" in 1900, and the manure spreader quickly became an essential addition to the roster of new labor-saving agricultural tools.

The horse-drawn manure spreader you see here dates from the 1930s.
It was made of long leaf yellow pine, which was resistant to the acid in the manure, and boasted the shortest turning radius of any spreader on the market. A brake attachment, end gate, and lime-throwing attachment were available as optional equipment.
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Date Added Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469172 N 3308624
Decimal Degrees29.90791667, -81.31933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 54.475', W 81° 19.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 54' 28.5" N, 81° 19' 9.6" W
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Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 163-167 US-1 BUS, St. Augustine FL 32084, US
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