The First Steam Locomotive in the U.S.
On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion became the first steam locomotive to be operated in the United States.
The locomotive had been built for the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company (D&H). The company had been founded in 1823 to construct canals between the coalfields near Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and New York City. In 1825, the project’s engineers began to consider using trains to transport the coal to the canal.