New Jersey Inventors & Technology
Simon Lake, Samuel Colt, Thomas Edison, and John Roebling.
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Lake of Pleasantville, NJ
"The Argonaut Jr." was built in 1894,
by Simon Lake
and demonstrated at the Atlantic Highlands by Sandy Hook.
Click on picture to follow link to History of Submarines on PBS site.
In 1895, the Lake Submarine Company of New Jersey was formed
and built "The Argonaut".
In 1898, it became the first submarine to make a successful voyage on the open sea
He continued to design and build innovative submarines, more then 100 were used by the allies in WWI.
The Colt Gun Mill
In 1836, Colt built his first plant in Paterson, N.J., then one of this country's fastest-growing manufacturing centers. Sam Colt's uncle, a successful local businessman, was willing to help young Sam form the company. At age 22, Sam Colt was the firm's chief salesman and new-business promoter.
This first attempt at manufacturing Colt's revolver, did not meet with much success.
In 1842, the Paterson company, known as the Patent Arms Manufacturing Co., closed; auctioned much of its equipment; and began bankruptcy proceedings.
|"Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal." This post-Civil War slogan would have been music to Sam Colt's ears had he lived long enough to hear it|
Samuel Colt">From the "History of Colt."
Thomas Alva Edison in West Orange, New Jersey
Edison National Historic Site
Washington Augustus Roebling
Civil War Engineer and Professional Civil Engineer
From Smithsonian Civil War Studies
NJ Advances in Technology
House Museum (1814) - Bridgeton
Once the office of the Cumberland Nail and Iron Company
Patterson - The City of Industry
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