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Great Barrington in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

IEEE Milestone

 
 
IEEE Milestone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2012
1. IEEE Milestone Marker
Inscription.
IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing
Alternating Current Electrification, 1886
On 20 March 1886 William Stanley provided alternating current electrification to offices and stores on Main Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He thus demonstrated the first practical system for providing electrical illumination using alternating current with transformers to adjust voltage levels of the distribution system.
October 2004
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

 
Erected 2004 by Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
 
Location. 42° 11.91′ N, 73° 21.645′ W. Marker is in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 7) and Cottage Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Great Barrington MA 01230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial Street Light (here, next to this marker); William Stanley (here, next to this marker); The Mahaiwe Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Court House of Berkshire County
IEEE Milestone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2012
2. IEEE Milestone Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Barrington World War I Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Great Barrington Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); You Stand Free Because They Served (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Great Barrington.
 
Regarding IEEE Milestone. William Stanley invented the electric transformer which made possible the transmission of electric power over long distance. His many othe inventions enabled electric power to be delivered by a distribution system.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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