Perpetual Motion..

Banner ISOA  I thought for this mid-week post I would again visit the Museum of the Appalachia. This time I want to concentrate on Asa Jackson and his perpetual motion machine.  It looks like Asa spent many hours working on his machine, twiddling this and that until he got it just right.  He was convinced that he accomplished what Leonardo Da Vinci couldn’t do even if he didn’t know that story.

He was so convinced that he had something that would start an industrial revolution in the Appalachians that when the Yankee soldiers were in the area he disassembled his machine and hid it in a cave.  He didn’t want to damn yanks stealing his invention. I don’t know the story of what happened after that. It would certainly be interesting to know. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t really a perpetual motion machine.

This is just one of thousands of stories told at the museum…

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