1853The first steam engine was used in quarries.Economy and Industry, Industry

Lanesville Granite Company with set-up for steam engines, c. 1870-1880. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 12944
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Steam-powered engines were first used for hoisting and pumping in 1853. It wasn’t until 1883 that the first steam-powered drill was used.

Copeland, Melvin T., and Elliott C. Rogers. The Saga of Cape Ann. Bond Wheelwright Co., 1960.
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