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September 7, 2012

A city to brag about

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Haynes also invented the first stainless steel and the first cobalt-based alloy, Stellite, which is used today for blading the small turbines that power the fuel pumps in liquid-propelled missiles, such as the Atlas rockets.

The first pneumatic rubber tire, invented by D.C. Spraker at the Kokomo Rubber Tire Co., was made of strips of three-ply rubber, canvas and other wrappings of vulcanized rubber, wound around a slender pole.

The first aluminum casting was made by William “Billy” Johnson. The first carburetor was developed by George Kingston. The first Howitzer shell, the first aerial bomb with fins, the first mechanical corn picker, the first canned tomato juice and the first push-button car radio were made in Kokomo.

Kokomo also has several landmarks that are great to see and visit.

The stuffed steer called Old Ben is on exhibit in Highland Park. Old Ben is a part of the history of Kokomo. Old Ben was the offspring of a registered Hereford bull, and an ordinary shorthorn cow. He weighed in at 125 pounds at birth in 1902.

Ben had to rest on his knees to nurse at less than a week old. At the age of 4, he weighed two tons and was quite a sight to see.

He was stuffed by a taxidermist in New York and was displayed at the Murphy farm, until he was brought to Highland Park.

Now that is a city to brag about.

• Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.

 

 

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