On our trip to Arkansas in October, we made a stop in Hot Springs.
Hot Springs Mountain Tower is 216 ft tall and provides a 360 degree view of the area. This tower opened in 1983. Two other towers previously were installed there. In the 1800’s a 75 ft. wooden one was built, but struck by lightning in 1906 and burned down.
In 1906, the Rix Tower, a wireless telegraph tower was moved to the mountain. It was constructed for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in St. Louis. Just imagine loading and moving the tower during that time frame. It was taken down from Hot Springs Mountain in1975, due to instability.
He worked for Thomas Edison, who by all accounts, tricked Tesla into improving Edison’s DC dynamos by promising him big money, which was never paid. After working there for one year, Tesla left.
He was hired by Westinghouse, who gave him a lab and sponsored his launch of the first Alternating Current power grid in Boston. Edison arranged for a New York murderer to be put to death using an AC powered electric chair to mock and ridicule Tesla.
That’s me with my nose to the globe, which caused the coil to spark towards me. In the 1890s Tesla invented the Tesla Coil. The Tesla coil produces high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity.
Some of the other patents he received included electric oscillators, meters, improved lights, radio communication.
Together, Tesla and Westinghouse lit the 1891 in Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition and partnered with General Electric to install AC generators at Niagara creating the first modern power station.
Several exhibits demonstrated Rube Goldberg type movements and reactions.
“The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.”