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The Shirk gasoline tractor, 1909-1911

607 West Lemon Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603Peter E. Shirk, proprietor of the Blue Ball Machine Works, Blue Ball, Pennsylvania, was the first successful manufacturer of gasoline-powered motor vehicles in Lancaster County. Prior to 1908 he had conceived the idea of a self-propelled farm vehicle while on weekly trips by horse and buggy to market in Reading. Shirk pitied the ...

| May 1, 1977

Gas Engine Magazine

Preserving the History of Internal Combustion Engines