04.09.

1882: The First Central Power Plant in the USA

1882: The First Central Power Plant in the USA
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ The Pearl Street Station

Story Highlights

  • Historical event:
  • 4 September 1882
  • Pearl Street Station was located about 300 meters from the famous New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.

This event insinuated that cities would use electric street lights.

The central power plant was located at Pearl Street, Manhattan (intersection of Pearl Street and Wall Street).

Thomas Edison’s company built the station, about 300 meters from the famous New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.

Huge generators driven by steam engines were there, producing electric current, i.e. direct current, which was transmitted through wires to Manhattan’s users.

The number of users was rapidly growing. There were 59 users during the first month of opening, and 203 in December of the same year.

Next year, there were more than 500 users. In 1884, there were allegedly more 10,000 light bulbs supplied by the mentioned station.

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