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Near Vermilion in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lester Allan Pelton

 
 
Lester Allan Pelton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2014
1. Lester Allan Pelton Marker
Inscription.  Lester Allan Pelton, "the Father of Hydroelectric Power," was born on September 5, 1829, a quarter of a mile northwest of this site. He spent his childhood on a farm a mile south of this site and received his early education in a one-room schoolhouse that once sat north of this site. In the spring of 1850, he and about twenty local boys, left for California during the great gold rush west. Pelton did not find gold, but instead invented what was commonly known as "the Pelton Water-Wheel," which produced the first hydroelectric power in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California in 1887. The Water-Wheel was patented on August 27, 1889. Currently variations of it are still commonly used to generate electric power throughout the world. Pelton died in California on March 14, 1908. He is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Vermilion.
 
Erected 2009 by Vermilion Area Archival Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 27-22.)
 
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. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 1908.
 
Location. 41° 24.41′ N, 82° 24.406′ W. Marker is near Vermilion, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of West Lake Road (U.S. 6) and Risden Road (County Route 143), on the right when traveling east on West Lake Road. This historical marker is located in Vermilion Township, in the northeast corner of Cuddeback Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vermilion OH 44089, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Days of Wooden Ships (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Days of Steel Boats (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vermilion / Erie County (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Lighthouse Lens (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vermilion’s Lighthouse (approx. 2.4 miles away); Huron Iron Company Furnace (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lake Shore Electric Railway (approx. 2.7 miles away); Almon Ruggles, Surveyor of the Firelands / The Unknown Sailor and the Battle of Lake Erie (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vermilion.
 
Lester Allan Pelton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2014
2. Lester Allan Pelton Marker
A close-up view of the picture of Lester Allan Pelton that is displayed on this historical marker.
Lester Allan Pelton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2014
3. Lester Allan Pelton Marker
View, looking south along Risden Road, of the historical marker.
Lester Allan Pelton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2014
4. Lester Allan Pelton Marker
View of the historical marker looking north towards the West Lake and Risden Road intersection.
Lester Allan Pelton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2014
5. Lester Allan Pelton Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 610 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 23, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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