Bryan Harvester Co.

Bryan offered their revolutionary steam tractor in 1920. The original listings rated it at 26-70 horsepower, but in the later years, the rating was cut to 20 horsepower. This seems to have been due to a limited steam reserve.

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George A. Bryan dreamed of building steam engines. He spent two years developing the concept. Around 1913 he installed a steam boiler in an automobile. He then organized the Bryan Harvester Company with his father, Oscar Bryan, in 1916. In spite of building a successful steam automobile, they felt their opportunity would be in building a steam tractor. They purchased facilities in Peru, Indiana in 1918. During the latter years of production, about 1928, the same of the firm was changed to Bryan Steam Corporation.


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