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The Fresno Scraper

James Porteous (1848-1922) was a Scottish inventor who served his time in his father’s business, making and repairing carriages, wagons and agricultural equipment,  before emigrated to America in 1873. There he started up on his own account making buggies and heavy wagons.  Later he was to invent the Fresno Scraper, the basic design of which forms the basis of most modern earth moving equipment. It was one of the most important agricultural and civil engineering machines ever made, and was designated as an International Historic Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. See also Civil Engineering.

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