Scotten “Anti-Cow” Steam Gun (1858)

Over the years many inventors sought to use steam as a weapon, but for most of them, the intend targets were enemy troops, but Steven Scotten of Richmond, Indiana targeted something more dreadful – cows!

Cows were a constant problem on early American railroads – cow catchers were eventually developed, not to save cows, but to keep them from causing derailments. Scotten had something more in mind – a steam gun mounted on the front of a locomotive that would fire gravel or other missiles at cows – see his patent at:

http://www.google.com/patents?id=ZataAAAAEBAJ&dq=steam+gun&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=1&as_miny_is=1850&as_maxm_is=1&as_maxy_is=1866&num=100

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