The Warren Family seated in a Foster Steam Wagon.
Light steam cars were originally built in Europe, most notably in Great Britain. Steam-powered personal carriages were also built in the United States until 1926. The very first steam-powered vehicle of any kind was constructed by Nicolas-Joseph Wright of France in 1769. The Foster Automobile Company, which produced this vehicle, was located in Rochester, NY. The new technology of steam powered automobiles was soon usurped by the popularity of Petrol fuel and by the early 1910s the majority of steam-car manufactures switched to Petrol.