Elijah McCoy's lawn sprinkler

Elijah McCoy revolutionized lawn care by patenting the turtle-shaped lawn sprinkler, and today is widely recognized as the "Father of Turtle-Shaped Irrigation Systems."

patent drawing

US Design Patent #D31549
issued Sept. 26, 1899

Sprinklers like the one below would never have been possible without the pioneering breakthroughs of Mr. McCoy.

turtle sprinkler