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The ironwork in the background reads: Home of America's first car.

Elwood Haynes (1857-1925), born in Portland, Indiana, was a notable American inventor, metallurgist and auto manufacturer who invented metal alloys, including stainless steel, and designed one of the earliest automobiles in the US. Along with business partners, he founded the first company in the US to produce automobiles profitably, in addition to inventing several important devices for the burgeoning natural gas industry. He oversaw the construction of the first long-distance natural gas pipeline in the US, connecting Chicago with a gas field 150 miles away. His business enterprises during World War I made him a millionaire by 1916, when he sold his patent for stainless steel to the American Stainless Steel Company. He merged another of his companies the Haynes Stellite company with Union Carbide in 1920.

The statue is located here, on the grounds of the immense Seiberling Mamsion, as Haynes established a home in Kokomo on Webster street in 1915, known as the Haynes Mansion. There's also a Haynes Museum in Kokomo, where his cars and several of his inventions are on display. This statue was added to the grounds in 2017, nd was created by D.J. Bawden.

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