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Old 02-17-2012, 08:00 PM
 
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
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Have you ever come upon some cool or obscure historical facts regarding the area you live or some cultural phenomenon?

I'll start with the first one. Currently I live in West Lafayette, Indiana, Home of Purdue University. But one thing that I find very cool is that in the neighboring city of Lafayette, the first attempt of air mail was tried. In 1859, a hot air balloon piloted by John Wise attempted to send mail to New York, but failed due to weather conditions and the balloon landed about 35 minutes south of Lafayette.

So how about all of you? Any cool facts or stories that you find interesting about the region/area/city that you live in?
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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Felicia Day and the guy who played Rerun on What's Happening were born in my city.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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Well, the precursor to the Ferris Wheel, the Brannock Device and the 24 second shot clock were invented in my area. NY State's first Black lawyer practiced law here in 1851. Charles Reason, the first Black professor at a predominantly White college in the US(the integrated NY Central College in 1849). Blacks were some of the first settlers of Auburn and Fulton. Here are some events/information from my part of NY: New-York Central College, McGrawville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jerry Rescue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Freedom Trail in Syracuse and Onondaga County, NY

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New York's Creative Core - Central Upstate Inventions (http://www.creativecoreny.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=81&Itemi d=%20 - broken link)

George Franklin Grant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Schuyler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (was also viewed as the first Black science fiction author/writer for the novel, Black No More).

Smithfield Community Association, Peterboro New York ~ Welcome

L. Frank Baum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chittenango, New York, home of Oz-Stravaganza

This was first used at nearby Auburn Prison: Electric chair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and much more.....
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
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Well, the precursor to the Ferris Wheel, the Brannock Device and the 24 second shot clock were invented in my area. NY State's first Black lawyer practiced law here in 1851. Charles Reason, the first Black professor at a predominantly White college in the US(the integrated NY Central College in 1849). Blacks were some of the first settlers of Auburn and Fulton. Here are some events/information from my part of NY: New-York Central College, McGrawville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jerry Rescue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Freedom Trail in Syracuse and Onondaga County, NY

Untitled 1

New York's Creative Core - Central Upstate Inventions (http://www.creativecoreny.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=81&Itemi d=%20 - broken link)

George Franklin Grant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Schuyler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (was also viewed as the first Black science fiction author/writer for the novel, Black No More).

Smithfield Community Association, Peterboro New York ~ Welcome

L. Frank Baum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chittenango, New York, home of Oz-Stravaganza

This was first used at nearby Auburn Prison: Electric chair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and much more.....
That's all some really, really cool information. Never would have thought Syracuse would have so much interesting history. Thank's for sharing!
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