Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Electric Fire Alarm System 1852
On April 28, 1852, in Johnson Hall formerly on this site, the first municipal electric fire alarm system using call boxes with automatic signaling to indicate the location of a fire was placed into service. Invented by William Channing and Moses Farmer, this system was highly successful in reducing property loss and deaths due to fire and was subsequently adopted throughout the United States and in Canada.
Erected 2004 by Institute of Electricial and Electronic Engineers.
Location. 42° 21.471′ N, 71° 3.585′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on School Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the Old City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Boston's Old City Hall (here, next to this marker); Boston Public Latin School (here, next to this marker); The Parker House (a few steps from this marker); Public Latin School (a few steps from this marker); Benjamin Franklin (a few steps from this marker); Omni Hotels: The Parker House The Ice King, the Castle Captain, and the She-Merchant (within shouting distance of this marker); King’s Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.