Enterprising inventors were issued the first patents for snowplows in the 1840s, but several years passed before the plow designs were put to use.
One of the first mentions of snowplow use comes from Milwaukee in 1862. The plow was attached to a cart pulled by a team of horses through the snow-clogged streets. Over the next several years, horse-drawn plows gained popularity and came into use in many other Northeastern US cities.
This horse drawn snowplow was used in the province of New Brunswick and is on display at the DOT facility on College Hill Road in Fredericton.