American Experience

Edison’s Folly

January 28, 2015

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Edison retreated to Ogdensburg, NJ where he came up with a new process for extracting iron from low-grade ore. In the process of building and automating a plant to ensure that human hands would never touch the processed ore, Edison sunk $2 million into the venture before admitting defeat when the product’s value diminished with the discovery of a vast new source of high-grade ore in the Midwest.


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