Ice MachineThere has always been a lot of discussion around the question of who invented the snowmobile. Carl Eliason, David Johnson, Joseph Bombardier amongst others are all credited with the invention, depending on who you ask, what year you are talking about, what style you are referring to, or what book you read.

Now we have this interesting picture. Sent in by Paul Crowe. This shot is of his Grandfather, Joe Danielson. The photo was shot in the 1940’s on Lake Washington, near Dassel, Minnesota.

The machine appears to be pedal driven, with a large saw blade between two stabilizing wooden skis for propulsion. A single ski steers the device. Kind of neat huh? I’ll bet it worked well on hard pack or ice, but I question its ability to handle deep snow!

Thanks Paul for sending in such a neat photo!

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