Will County Threshermen's Association

An Overview of Farm Steam Engine History

Mitchell Wilson, American Science and Invention: A Pictorial History (New York: Bonanza Books, 1960), 56.

The first American agricultural steam engines were stationary installations.  In the early 1800s, only large farming operations, such as New Harmonie in southern Indiana or plantations throughout the South could afford them.  The legendary Oliver Evans built farm engines similar to his mill engine depicted above.