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Vulcan Street Plant
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Era
Date Created
Location Country
us
Coordinates
44.253333, -88.411667
Address1
Fox River
Address2
531 W Prospect Ave
City
Appleton
State
Country
Zip

The plant began operation only twenty-six days after Thomas Edison's first steam plant began operating on Pearl Street in New York (NL 46). On September 30, 1882, an Edison "K" type dynamo produced electricity from a water-powered turbine to light three buildings (two paper mills and the H.J. Rogers home), at rate of about 12 1/2 kilowatts. It is the first Edison hydroelectric central station to serve a system of private and commercial customers in North America. The story of its development provides keen insight into the nation's first experiences with the electric light.

First Edison hydroelectric central station
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Courtesy Flickr/bigcityal (CC BY 2.0)
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Vulcan Street Plant
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