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One of Sioux City's richest men traveled with Thomas Edison to watch 1878 Eclipse

One of Sioux City's richest men traveled with Thomas Edison to watch 1878 Eclipse

Everybody's excited about the solar Eclipse happening Monday but over a hundred years ago one of Sioux City's richest men went with one of the World's Famous Inventors out west to see the Eclipse.

We bring you the exclusive story you'll see only here on Siouxland News, a history about the two men who shared this journey together.

Beyond the trails and trees, bears and bison once called Stone State Park home.

They were apart of the big experiment run by an eccentric naturalist.

His name was Daniel Hector Talbot and he may be unknown to many people today, Talbot, a wealthy man, was considered to be Sioux City's most eligible bachelor during his time.

An his role in Sioux City's history was profound.

"It's fascinating to get a person like Talbot who had an interesting business life, had interesting hobbies," said Tom Munson, Archival Clerk at the Sioux City Public Museum.

Talbot not only donated thousands of birds to the University of Iowa he owned land that would later be called Stone State Park.

Munson knows very well of Talbot's history.

"There is a road on the Westside named for him, Talbot Road which goes up to Stone," said Munson.

But there's more to his past, than his proprietorship.

In July 1878, an eclipse emerged and that year, Talbot traveled to Wyoming to watch it.

But this time, the bachelor wasn't alone. Accompanying him was World Renown American Inventor Thomas Edison.

The two men journeyed out west that July to witness the phenomenal view capturing photos of the solar eclipse those copies along with Talbot's journal entries, now stored and saved at the Sioux City Public Museum.

"It's funny the scientific expedition on which one of the most noted scientist, Thomas Edison was involved," said Munson.

And in 1895, Thomas Jefferson Stone took on Talbot's farm. His son would transform the farm into a park, before the city sold the entire land to the state of Iowa.

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