Wiley in his book "Monongahela The River And It's Region" wrote
that the primary use of these barges was as an icebreaker. These
barges were strongly built and reinforced with metal sheeting and steel
bars, they were then loaded with stone and pushed through the ice crushing
the ice and thus clearing a path. These photos show not only the strong appearance but that another use of
these barges was to haul items.
in his journal wrote that on
February 3, 1908
bulldozer was being towed through a river full of ice. He also wrote
on various dates that the bulldozers were being used to haul equipment,
building supplies, boat parts, and coal. Several of these dates are
21, 1904 and
March 9, 1910. There
are various other entries about the Bulldozers in the journals that can be
found by using the search function on the Home Page.