The Forgotten Fathers

of Steam Inventions

The amazing inventions of the steamboat and the locomotives were made posible by another fascinating invention called the steam engine. This machine works by burning water so that it produces steam which is compressed into a cylinder. Once the steam builds up enough, it moves a piston which will cause a wheel on a train or in a mill to move. This machine was originally created by Thomas Savery to pump out water in the mines. Richard Arkwright then put the machine into greater use when he used it to help his textile factories work. The locamotive was another invention that changed american manufacturing.