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

Alternating Current Electrification

1886

 

—IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing —

 
IEEE Milestone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2012
1. IEEE Milestone Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
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. Touch 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); William Stanley Overlook (approx. ¼ mile away); W.E. B. Du Bois Birthsite (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Mahaiwe Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away); W.E.B. Du Bois: Champion of Rivers Around the World
IEEE Milestone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 19, 2012
2. IEEE Milestone Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); The Niagara Movement (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Court House of Berkshire County (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Barrington.
 
Regarding Alternating Current Electrification. William Stanley invented the electric transformer which made possible the transmission of electric power over long distance. His many other inventions enabled electric power to be delivered by a distribution system.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 404 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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