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Sunbury in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Electric Light

 
 
First Electric Light Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 28, 2008
1. First Electric Light Marker
Inscription. First successful use of a three-wire electric lighting system was made July 4, 1883, in the City Hotel building in Sunbury. Thomas A. Edison directed the work. The Edison Electric Illuminating Co. plant was at 4th and Vine Street.
 
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 51.784′ N, 76° 47.804′ W. Marker is in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, in Northumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street (State Highway 147) and Market Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sunbury PA 17801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Maclay (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northumberland County (about 700 feet away); Sunbury War Memorials (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) (approx. 0.2 miles away); For Those Who Served (approx. 0.2 miles away); Northumberland Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danville-Pottsville R.R. (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hotel Edison (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sunbury.
 
Also see . . .
1. Edison's Electric Light and Power System
First Electric Light Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 28, 2008
2. First Electric Light Marker
. This article on the IEEE Global History Network declares this to be the Edisonís third electric light installation. While it was the first electric light installation in Pennsylvania, the first ever was at New York Cityís Pearl Street. (Submitted on December 11, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 

2. First Electric Light - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
<i>Hotel Edison, Sunbury, Pa.</i> Photo, Click for full size
Postcard by the Mebane Greeting Card Company, circa 1935
3. Hotel Edison, Sunbury, Pa.
In 1883 Thomas Edison and his crew used Sunbury's City Hotel as their base during installation of their experimental three-wire electrical system in the town. On the night of July 4th, Edison switched on the current to a 100-candle power light over the City Hotel entrance, to the cheers of residents and marches played by a local brass band. Sunbury's City Hotel, which changed its name to the Hotel Edison soon after the lighting ceremony, remains in operation today. -- ExplorePAHistory.com
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 820 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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