FIRST - Community Lighted By Alternating Current - Great Barrington, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 11.919 W 073° 21.651
18T E 635329 N 4673132
Quick Description: A monument noting that Great Barrington was the first place that was electrified using alternating current is located in William Stanley Park on the east side of Main Street north of Cottage Street in Great Barrington, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/28/2020 9:28:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM13AVM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member model12
Views: 1

Long Description:

A monument erected by the Rotary Club of Great Barrington on their 50th anniversary honors physicist William Stanley who made Great Barrington the first place to be electrified by the use of alternating current. The monument contains a bronze plaque affixed to a rectangular granite block.

WILLIAM STANLEY
1858 1916

INVENTOR
HIS GENIUS MADE GREAT
BARRINGTON THE FIRST
COMMUNITY TO BE LIGHTED
BY ALTERNATING CURRENT
IN MARCH 1886.
{Rotary International Emblem}
MONUMENT ERECTED BY
THE ROTARY CLUB OF GREAT BARRINGTON
ON ITS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY.

MAY 18TH 1974

William Stanley, Jr. was the chief engineer working for the Westinghouse Corporation and living in Great Barrington, MA. On March 20, 1886, he demonstrated the first complete system for high voltage alternating current transmission. He demonstrated the practicality of providing illumination to the business district of Great Barrington. His design is the forerunner of electrical systems used today.

In 1890, he founded the Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts which was purchased, in 1903, by the General Electric Corporation.

FIRST - Classification Variable: Item or Event

Date of FIRST: 3/20/1886

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