About KokomoKokomo experienced growth with the discovery of natural gas in 1886. Among those drawn by the area's natural resources was Elwood Haynes, a specialist in metallurgy and machinery who is said to have created America's first automobile as well as stainless steel and several other alloys. Haynes opened Indiana's first automobile plant in Kokomo in 1898. Kokomo industrialists were the first to produce the pneumatic rubber tire, the carburetor and a push-button car radio.
The Kokomo Opalescent Glass Co., 1310 S. Market St., has been in operation since 1888 and offers factory tours; phone (765) 457-1829.
Old Ben, a 4,700-pound steer preserved by taxidermy, is displayed in Kokomo's Highland Park near another novelty, a huge sycamore tree stump measuring about 51 feet in circumference at its base.
Visitor Centers Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau 325 N. Main St. Kokomo, IN 46901. Phone:(765)457-6802 or (800)837-0971
Things to Do Elwood Haynes Museum
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