Renaissance engineer and Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes may not be a household name, but he made his mark big time in a variety of fields. He invented the first gasoline powered car in the U.S. as well as the thermostat, and figured out how to keep fluid from freezing in natural gas lines by using refrigeration. Followed his wife's suggestion to invent a metal that she wouldn't have to polish like silver, he came up with stainless steel, which was a byproduct of his development of Stellite. Stellite, a metal alloy, is still used today in spacecraft and nuclear power plants, among other areas.
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Fun Fact:When it comes to automobile pioneers, most people think of Henry Ford, but Elwood Haynes is credited with inventing America's first gasoline powered "horseless carriage" and in court won the right to advertise it as "America's First Car."