C. B Brooks designed the street sweeper and got it patentedMarch 17, 1896. Before his invention streets were cleaned manually
by workers who picked up trash by hand or sweeping it with brooms.
Brooks invention was composed of a truck with a series of broom-
like brushes attached which pushed trash and debris off onto
the side of the road.
The streetsweeper faced resentment from workers
who felt they could do a better job. Yet, as cities grew
bigger amd more and more litter accumulated, the
streetsweeper became indispensable.
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