As field superintendent in Indiana’s new natural gas industry, Elwood Haynes needed a way to get from gas field to gas field. So he invented a horseless carriage. There were several automobiles being developed around the country at the same time, but Haynes called his vehicle “America’s first,” and the title stuck. Haynes also invented Stellite in the early 1900s. Stellite was world’s strongest known metal alloy. The Elwood Haynes Museum in Kokomo, Indiana, tells the story of Haynes, his inventions and his contribution to history.
Factory tours are always fun. I love seeing how things are manufactured. Art glass is my favorite art medium. Combine the two, add a little history, and you’ve got a real winner. The Kokomo Opalescent Glass factory tour takes you through the entire process of making art glass, from raw materials to the finished product.