Credit: Collection of Dr. Herbert KroehlNGDC
Credit: Library_Historic NWS Collection
Early attempts at snow control involved citizens going to the streets to level the drifts for sleigh traffic.
Enterprising inventors were issued the first patents for snowplows in the 1840s.
In the 1800s, citizens strongly protested salting because it ruined the streets for sleighing and damaged shoes and clothing.
By 1925, more than 17 million cars were registered, increasing the demand for dry, safe streets, even for a snowfall of less than 4 inches.