Thomas Edison did not invent the electric light bulb or the electric generator. What he did do was create a system that unified the two devices into a commercially viable system. The Pearl Street Station began selling electricity 51 years and 6 days after electromagnetic induction was discovered by Michael Faraday. The station was located at 255-257 Pearl Street between John and Fulton Streets in Manhattan. It operated until 1890 when it was damaged in a fire. According to a ConEd webpage, a commemorative plaque was placed at the site in 1917, but I couldn’t find it. The site is a surface level parking lot between two large office buildings. I seem to remember demolition work at that location two or three years ago. I assume the plaque is in safe keeping some place awaiting the day when something more impressive than an acre of asphalt occupies that parcel of land.
First electrical utility (1882)
posted Friday, 4 September 2015