Tuesday, January 2, 2018
A New Type of Railroad Tie Patented in DeKalb in 1917
From the April 12, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."
1917, 100 Years Ago.
"Thomas Bennett, living at 717 South Second Street, has been granted a patent on a railroad tie, on which he has been working for the past 18 months.
"The tie as perfected by Mr. Bennett is claimed to possess all the advantages of the wooden tie and under ordinary circumstances will last many years longer. The new tie is made of a wood filler, which is chemically treated to insure its lasting qualities, and the outside is a galvanized iron strip, riveted together to prevent breaking or pulling apart."