Shelbyville, Illinois: Dishwasher Monument

An upright, engraved slab of granite marks the spot where Josephine Garis Cochran "invented one of the first mechanical dishwashers ever built" in 1886. Exhibited at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition, where it won "the highest award."
S. Broadway St., Shelbyville, IL
From W. Main St. turn south at the stoplight onto S. Broadway St. Drive 1.5 blocks. You'll see an open, grassy lot on the right with an old house. The monument is in front of the house, right next to the street.
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Dishwasher Monument.

Dishwasher Monument

The monument stands in front of a white house.

[Christine Lillesand, 09/02/2017]

According to the marker, the invention occurred in a woodshed at the rear of this site in 1886. "Thus was born over 100 years ago the progenitor of today's KitchenAid(r) Dishwasher - The brainchild of one of America's First Female Inventors, a womam from Shelbyville, Illinois."

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