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Edison Fountain

 
 
Edison Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 14, 2018
1. Edison Fountain Marker
Inscription.  The Edison Electric Fountain was dedicated on Tuesday October 22, 1929 as part of the Erie observance of the fiftieth anniversary of Thomas A. Edison's discovery of the incandescent light. The fountain was conceived by public spirited individuals and paid for by Erie City Council, Erie Chamber of Commerce, Presidents Council of Erie, Electric League of Erie and over one hundred business and individual sponsors.

The fountain is almost a replica of that in Atlantic City, with the exception that Erie's is larger. Only Erie organizations participated in the construction of the fountain. Henry Shenk Co. was general contractor, Garvin Electric Co. wired the fountain and James Purcell did the plumbing. All equipment was designed and furnished by the General Electric Co. The bronze tablet was contributed by the Erie Bronze Co.

"While communities have arranged for spectacular displays, parades, concerts and that sort of thing, Erie has hit upon a more conservative and practical method for expression of our appreciation to the great inventor, Thomas Edison. We believe that Erie's Fountain of Light pictures well our feelings as
Edison Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 14, 2018
2. Edison Fountain Marker
a community, and is something that we can hand down to posterity as a permanent memorial to this great genius; and what is even more important, this tribute is erected during his lifetime."
W. Pitt Gifford - President of the Chamber of Commerce
October 22, 1929.

The original octagon pool around the fountain was removed in 1988. The fountain was renovated in 2016 including new electrical, plumbing and fountain systems. The outline of the pool was recreated with a perimeter of water spray bollards.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 42° 7.789′ N, 80° 5.059′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of French Street and East 6th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Perry Square (here, next to this marker); Oliver Hazard Perry (a few steps from this marker); Main Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Gideon Ball House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boston Store Livery & Garage (about 600 feet away); General Anthony Wayne
Edison Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 14, 2018
3. Edison Fountain
(about 600 feet away); Dedicated to those who served in Operation Desert Storm (about 600 feet away); In Memory of Those Who Paid the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
 
Dedication plaque and city seal to the left of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 14, 2018
4. Dedication plaque and city seal to the left of the marker
<i>Thomas Edison Electric Fountain, East Perry Square, Erie, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by Tillie J. Hauck, Erie, Pa. (image courtesy Pennsylvania State Archives), May 21, 1940
5. Thomas Edison Electric Fountain, East Perry Square, Erie, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   5. submitted on April 19, 2018. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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