James Leffel

James Leffel (HM1JQY)

Location: Springfield, OH 45504 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 56.206', W 83° 49.29'

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1806 - 1866

Springfield's "first inventor", born in Virginia, brings a genius previously unparalleled in the history of our community. His passion for the use of the abundant water supply in the area accelerates Springfield into the early beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Leffel's first invention, the "Buckeye stove", drastically improves upon the conventional oven of its day. But the construction of the then controversial 1½ mile long Mill Race, powering twelve factories on the city's north side near the Buck Creek, opens the door for his most well-known invention, the double turbine water wheel. The first industrial complex is the result of Leffel's combined efforts with the Barnett brothers using this innovative water wheel. Springfield prospers at the hand of James Leffel as he becomes the nation's leader in water turbine manufacturing.
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Date Added Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 258918 N 4424551
Decimal Degrees39.93676667, -83.82150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.206', W 83° 49.29'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 12.36" N, 83° 49' 17.4" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501 W Mc Creight Ave, Springfield OH 45504, US
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