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John Gorrie Museum State Park
Having moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800s, John Gorrie found the city to be a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in the Florida Panhandle. The John Gorrie Museum State Parks serves as a memorial to him. As a young physician, his concern for his yellow fever patients inspired him to invent a method for cooling their rooms.
In doing so, he pioneered air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a machine that made ice, and received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. A replica of his ice-making machine is on display at the museum, as well as exhibits chronicling the history of Apalachicola.
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