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Elwood Haynes inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

by Kierstin Bott | Jul 30, 2015

Elwood Haynes moved to Kokomo, Indiana in 1892 due to its part in the Indiana Gas Belt. Tiring of horse and buggy, Haynes worked to build his own self-propelled vehicle. On July 4, 1894 he test drove the "Pioneer", one of the first American motor cars, two years before Henry Ford’s Quadricycle and less than a year after Charles Duryea’s Motorized Wagon. By 1898, Haynes was the co-founder of the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company (1898-1925), which produced thousands of Haynes-Apperson automobiles until 1905, followed by Haynes automobiles through 1925.

Later, he began experimenting with metals to create alloys for auto parts, and even patented his own alloy he named, Stellite. Haynes may be one of the best examples of the Indiana Hoosiers who thrived during his time in the Indiana Gas Belt. He strived to fix immediate problems, and tinkered to create new products that are still used today. 

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