Haynes Apperson Festival

Kokomo, IN 46901


"A man's work in life is not very great at best, when compared with the sum total of human effort, and after all, it is the good that we may be able to do for our fellow-men and not the glory of achievement that really counts." -- Elwood Haynes, Dec. 11, 1918

Inventor, Scientist, Industrialist, Educator, Philanthropist Elwood Haynes (1857-1925) was born in Portland, Indiana with a scientific nature that was noticed at the age of 15 when he invented an apparatus for making oxygen gas. In 1886 Portland earned the credit for drilling the first successful gas well in Indiana and Elwood Haynes was considered an authority on the subject of drilling, planning and measuring these new wells.

Personally, Elwood was considered a very quiet, good natured, religious man, but when experimenting with gas and metals it's not always real quiet or safe. Safety was an issue from the very start of the "Gas Boom" and many of Mr. Haynes' early inventions were geared towards making natural gas safe to use. Kokomo and local businesses continue to follow Mr. Haynes' lead on making our area as safe as possible to work, play and worship for our constituents and visitors.

To many people Elwood Haynes has been referred to as:
"The Father of the Natural Gas Industry in Indiana"
"The Father of Stainless Steel"
"The Father of the 1st Commercially Successful, Gasoline Powered Automobile in the United States"

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