Carrefour du 8 Mai 1945 71200 LE CREUSOT

GPS 46.7867, 4.43295

Type : Historical sites and monuments

Theme : Industrial site

Nowadays, the Steam Hammer is the emblem of Le Creusot. The first steam hammer was invented in 1840 by engineer François Bourdon, who worked in Le Creusot for the Schneider Company. In 1876, the company created the most powerful instrument of this kind with its 100-ton hammer. Despite its size, it could be used for work of an extreme precision. Dismantled in 1930, it now stands as a monument on a squares, at the entrance of the town. It was listed as “Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


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