Newark’s Steam Powered Robo-Man

by David Solomonoff

In January 1868 a futuristic steam powered robot called the Newark Steam Man was patented and built by an eccentric inventor named Zadoc P. Dederick, who hoped he had solved the problem of the horseless carriage.

Dederick hoped that the Steam Man could run at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, which was theoretically possible from this engine, but the best that it really did was a walk, perhaps a stumbling walk. Eyewitnesses claim that it really functioned, and on January 23, 1868, it marched around Military Park into a beer garden where it was put on display, at 25 cents per head, while it went through its paces.

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