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First Electrically Lighted City

First Electrically Lighted City

Location: Wabash County Courthouse, SE lawn, Wabash Street, Wabash. (Wabash County, Indiana)

Erected by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission, 1966

ID# : 85.1966.1

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Visit the Indiana History Blog to learn about the decades-long struggle to electrify rural Indiana.


On March 31, 1880, officials of Wabash began experimenting with Charles F. Brush's carbon-arc lights. Four 3,000 candlepower lamps were placed atop the courthouse and used to illuminate the town until September, 1888.


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