The first rotary snowplow was invented by Toronto dentist, J.W. Elliot, in 1869 but was never built. The first rotary snowplow to be manufactured was designed by a Canadian named Orange Jull and built by the Leslie Brothers. After testing in the winter of 1883-84, the brothers bought the manufacturing rights and went into business. The Leslie plows could handle heavy, deep snow. Over the years, other plows were manufactured by competitors.
A steam operated rotary snowplow can be seen at the Canadian Railway Museum in Delson/St-Constant, Quebec.
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