Fresno Scraper to Be Recognized

The horse-drawn Fresno Scraper, an earthmoving and ditch digging apparatus that contributed to the expansion of American farming at the turn of the twentieth century and played a role in the massive earthmoving work for construction of the Panama Canal, will be re-designated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a Historic Mechanical Engineering . . . → Read More: Fresno Scraper to Be Recognized

Who Invented the Fresno Scraper?

I’m an anthropologist/archaeologist and not much inclined to embrace the “great man” approach to history. I suspect that many creative individuals had a hand in developing what became the landmark, horse-drawn Fresno scraper (photo at left). The desire to level San Joaquin Valley land for irrigation and dig ditches was the initial driver. And the mechanical . . . → Read More: Who Invented the Fresno Scraper?