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|Lil Dude Troll at the John Gorrie Ice Machine Museum|
John Gorrie, a young physician in 1851, was concerned for his yellow fever patients who suffered in the Apalachicola, Florida heat where he lived and had his medical practice. He studied and thought and experimented until he finally came up with a way to keep their rooms cool. Over time, he became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and devised a machine to make ice. His was the first patent issued for mechanical refrigeration.
He quit his medical practice to dedicate himself to running his new venture, a company which built his ice making and air conditioning machines. His partner, the salesman of the two, died and Gorrie's company failed. Humiliated by criticism, financially broke and his health ruined from working 20 hours a day, he died in seclusion in 1855 and the idea of air conditioning faded away for another 50 years.
At 46 Sixth Street in Apalachicola is the John Gorrie Museum commemorating the man considered the father of refrigeration, his machine, and the history of ice making machines in general.
|Dr. John Gorrie Historical Plaque|
|Across the street from the museum is Dr. Gorrie's grave|