is a musical instrument
. It is played with a keyboard
, and sends steam
though whistles to make sound. Joseph Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts invented the calliope in 1855
. The calliope is sometimes called the "steam organ" or "steam piano." It was often played on riverboats and in circuses.
Even the smaller calliopes give off a sound that can be heard for miles around. This has often led to complaints by the neighbors.
But the chances of hearing a calliope are slim because most of them disappeared with the fading away of the age of steam. As the internal combustion engine replaced steam boilers as a source of power it became difficult to find a steady, cheap supply of medium-pressure steam to power a calliope. Eventually the skills needed to tend or repair a steam boiler giving the required pressure also became less widespread. Only a few working caliopes have survived, and they are not used often.
In Greek mythology
("beautiful voice") was the muse
for epic poetry. She had two sons, Orpheus
. She was the oldest and wisest of the Muses. She was the judge in the argument over Adonis
. She was represented by a stylus and wax tablets.
is a shire in Queensland
"Calliope" is a song by Tom Waits