Indiana is known for a lot of things, but what is the greatest invention to come from the Hoosier state?

When you think of Indiana, you might think of it being a flyover state. Perhaps you associate it with corn or the Indianapolis Colts. Most people think of the Indianapolis 500. These are all examples of popular Indiana staples. However, when you think of great things that came from Indiana, what do you think of? I'm not talking about celebrities like Michael Jackson, John Mellencamp, or Larry Bird. I'm talking about inventions that people from all over the country and the world use on a day-to-day basis. The big question here is can you think of great inventions from Indiana?

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The website, A Lot Travel found the greatest invention from each state. It's actually quite the interesting read. In fact, you might learn a thing or two about your state that you previously didn't know. That's exactly what happened to me. I was today years old when I found out that the greatest invention to come from Indiana was something that we all use at least on a weekly basis. Even though we dread doing it.

This is the Greatest Invention From Indiana

I think most people will think of the famous Converse shoes as being from Indiana. However, there's another Indiana invention that far surpasses the popularity of those shoes. Did you know that the gas pump was created thanks to an Indiana inventor?

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Granted, we might not like the prices at the pump, but gas pumps are a necessity for folks in 2023. Here's what A Lot Travel says:

Sylvanus Freelove Bowser was an Indiana inventor that started the S. F. Bowser & Company in 1885. The company started out dispensing kerosene, until 1905, when it introduced the first self-measuring gasoline storage pump. Before the gas pump, you could only get gasoline from places like a coal yard or lumber yard, so this self-service pump was an excellent alternative. Consumers could now gas up safely and conveniently.

That's a pretty cool piece of history that I don't think many Hoosiers are aware of. Indiana is (in part) to thank for millions of Americans spending a lot of money at the dreaded gas pump. If you'd like to be amazed by famous inventions from the other states, click here.

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