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Smith recounts the excursion made by inventor Thomas Edison to North Carolina in 1906. By then he was famous for his inventions, which included the phonograph, light bulb, and motion picture projector. Edison traveled with two steam-powered automobiles and brought his son and two mechanics with him. He had just developed an alkaline storage battery for autos, and came to North Carolina seeking cobalt. The inventor felt that by using cobalt he could reduce the weight of the battery from 67 pounds to 46.
Thomas Alva Edison once lived in the small town of Iron Station, between Lincolnton and Stanley, North Carolina. While Charlotte Frances Reinhardt Puckett's father was visiting Charlotte, became such close friends with Edison that Mr. Reinhardt invited him to live with his family. Edison was consumed with ideas about preserving sound, light, and finding alternate sources of fuel for automobiles. When Edison move back to New Jersey, he sent the family a â€œtalking machine,â€ despite Mrs. Reinhart's implications that he was talking foolishness for such a thing to be accomplished.
Few people are aware of it but the first extensive motor trip ever taken through the state's mountains was Thomas Edison's trip in 1906. By then he was famous for his inventions, which included the phonograph, light bulb, and motion picture projector. He had just developed an alkaline storage battery for autos and came to North Carolina seeking cobalt which he felt could reduce the weight of the battery from 67 pounds to 46.
The 100th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s invention of the incandescent electric light bulb will be observed October 21, 1979. Edison traveled a lot to promote his inventions and search for new materials. This article describes when Edison traveled to North Carolina in 1906 in search of cobalt, which he believed would reduce the excessive weight of an alkaline storage battery he had created.