Crafty Mormon pioneers first put an odometer into use on this day in history all the way back in 1847. William Clayton noticed that 360 revolutions of a wagon wheel equaled approximately a mile, so he attached a red flag and counted its revolutions. Anyone who has been stuck in a "time out" and forced to count to some insanely high number (my son would argue that 10 would qualify) can tell you that such a task gets old very quickly. Mr. Clayton discussed things with a few of his wagon train buddies and the roadometer was born!
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California Autos Examiner
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Posted by Michael Sheena at 9:11 AM