We are open every Saturday from
10am to 2pm or by appointment.

Phone: (618) 222-9430

Labor & Industry Museum
123 North Church St.
Belleville, Illinois 62220

Charles Heaton, the forgotten inventor! Heaton moved west to Belleville and received patents in 1863 and 1864 for his ideas on the armor cladding of ships which was a big issue in the Civil War. His inventions caught the attention of the U.S. War Department, and Heaton successfully sued the U.S. Government for using his ideas without permission. He won a verdict of $95,000 on April 30, 1864.


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