Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
(February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931)
Edison saved a railroad station agent's 3-year-old son from a runaway train. The child's father taught Edison how to operate a telegraph.
Edison became a Western Union telegraph operator. On the night shift, he read books and conducted scientific experiments.
In 1876, Thomas Edison opened the first industrial
Edison's first famous invention was the phonograph. His earliest recordings on tin foil wore out after being played several times.
Edison's first successful test of a light bulb with a carbon-based filament lasted 13 hours and 30 minutes.
Edison patented an electrical distribution system and founded the Edison Electric Illuminating Company. In 1882, the company began providing 110 volts of direct current to 59 customers in lower Manhattan.
Edison built a kinetoscope, a peephole viewer, which displayed the first motion picture films. The device became a mainstay of penny arcades.
Erected by Cultural Trail Indianapolis.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Indiana, Cultural Trail Indianapolis series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 39° 46.61′ N, 86° 9.542′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on West Walnut Street east of North Illinois Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 705 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mark Twain (a few steps from this marker); Booker T. Washington (a few steps from this marker); Susan B. Anthony (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Carnegie (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilbur and Orville Wright (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Albert Einstein (about 300 feet away); Scottish Rite Cathedral (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.