When the man explained he was Thomas Edison their attitudes changed. They practically handed him over the keys to the store. They told him to take anything that he needed. They were obviously shocked to be in the presence of such a famous and talented man.
After running some tests, Thomas Edison was able to determine that the mineral found in Hickman County was some of the highest quality cobalt in the world. He then made plans to have some cobalt mined and shipped back to his laboratory in New Jersey.
As news spread around Dickson that Thomas Edison was on Main Street, people began to flock to the area. By the time he was ready to leave almost everyone in the town had showed up to wish him well and tell him goodbye as he departed.
Edison returned back to Menlo Park in New Jersey but he never forgot the friends he made in Middle Tennessee. He sent signed pictures and even some inventions back to some of the people who helped him along the way. The people of Dickson never forgot about his visit either.
Years ago, there was a restaurant called “Ace’s Diner” that was located where Ginger Hibachi is today and they had an “Edison Burger” on their menu in honor of the famous inventor's visit to that building many years ago.
The legend of Edison’s visit has been around for a long time and hopefully the story will continue to be retold for many years to come.