Let’s have a little fun, shall we? Racine has a long history of inventing and improving on the gadgets the rest of the world now uses. But we thought it might be fun to test some of your knowledge of Invention City history.

Which one of these gadgets was NOT invented (or improved upon) in Racine?

Your choices are the folding ironing table, the church, and the rotary pump. All of these gadgets were invented in the 1800s. OK… so we may not use the butter churn but these gadgets were pretty useful in their day.

And if you love history, check out these other Racine Remembers features. We’ll be doing this every Monday. So have fun. Provide your answer below. We’ll pony up the correct answer at noon.




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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.