Judith Tabler

The Great Race:
Horse vs. Locomotive

Painting by Carl Rakeman. (1878-1965)/Courtesy Federal Highway Administration

In my lastest story, I explored the amazing race of a gray horse against Peter Cooper's 'Tom Thumb,' America's first successful steam locomotive.


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When a Horse Raced Against a Locomotive During the Industrial Revolution
An 1830 battle between steam and horse power marked the moment when the Industrial Revolution changed transportation forever.

Tom Thumb
Although steam locomotives existed elsewhere in the world, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) originally relied on horses to pull its passenger and freight trains. 

Sept. 18, 1830: Horse Beats Iron Horse, for the Time Being — WIRED
America's first native locomotive loses a smackdown race to a draft horse. Embarrassment does not alter the course of history.