By Tracie Evans, Curator of Collections
Although snow has been sparse this year, the most recent snowfall brought to mind the large snowfalls of the past. Have you ever wondered how people managed all the snow in Northwest Ohio before we had snowplows and snow blowers? In the museum, visitors can see many of these snow related artifacts on display.
|Wooden Snow Shovels|
There are several types of vehicles used for work in the winter. Wide blades were used for untreated areas and heavy work while thin blades that needed compacted or hardened snow were used to transport people. If you are or were an avid sled rider, this is the same principle between a traditional sled with runners and a flat sled or toboggan. Although both types of runners work well on hardened or compacted snow, a traditional sled tends to get stuck in deep snow.