Nov 23 2007

A joke over at KnoxViews about the photo of the corner of Dalton and Darwin led me to this interesting City of Alcoa web page about Alcoa's street name origins. (Many are familiar, but I had to look up Dalton. He was the inventor of atomic theory).

An excerpt:

Credited with the naming of the original City of Alcoa streets are Alcoa’s first city manager, V.J. Hultquist, who was also Alcoa Inc.’s chief engineer in charge of the Alcoa plant construction and Edwin S. Fickes, vice president of Alcoa Inc. at the time. Below is a listing of streets and the origin of their names.

Bell Street – Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor or the telephone.

Bessemer Street – Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898), an English engineer who developed the Bessemer process for manufacture of steel by decarbonization of molten cast iron.

Boyle Street – Robert Boyle (1627-1691), an English natural philosopher known for his discovery that the volume of gas varies inversely as the pressure varies.

Read the full list here, it's quite fascinating.

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