Trivia Question 8/23/12 — Snow Chains

Tire ChainsWell, it’s been so cold recently, I thought a snow question would be in order.

On this date in history… Today is the birthday of  Snow chains, or tire chains.  These are devices fitted to the tires of vehicles to provide maximum traction when driving through snow and ice.


In what year were snow chains invented?




Snow chains were invented by Harry D. Weed in Canastota, New York. Weed’s great-grandson, James Weed, said that Harry got the idea of creating chains for tires when he saw drivers wrap rope, or even vines, around their tires to increase traction on muddy or snowy roads, which were the norm at the turn of the 20th century. He sought to make a traction device that was more durable and would work with snow as well as mud.

Weed received U.S. Patent Number 768495 for his “Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires” on August 23, 1904.


A total of 36 stations checked into the Net tonight and 3 of those had the correct answer to tonight’s Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • Leon – AF6TT
  • Louie – AD6UP
  • Murray – WA6USL

Thank you to everyone for checking in to the Net and supporting the clubs.

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