Thursday, April 2, 2009
Port Huron, Michigan: Thomas Edison Depot Museum
One of the claims to fame of Port Huron, Michigan, is that Thomas Edison spent part of his boyhood there. As the story goes, Edison used to sell newspapers on the trains that went through Port Huron to make money for his early scientific experiments. In fact, he was so good at the newspaper sales business, he hired a few friends to work for him. No wonder got along with Henry Ford later.
Port Huron has a tribute to Tom on Edison Parkway, which runs right along the waterfront. There's a museum there, which has a replica of his first lab. The statue at left shows Edison with newspaper at the ready.