Housatonic River WalkWilliam Stanley (1858-1916) devised an innovative electric distribution system using an alternating-current transformer. His laboratory was in Horace Day's rambling, vacant rubberwear factory, the foundation of which is just visible on the opposite bank of the Housatonic River from where you stand. The evening of March 20, 1886, Stanley and his assistants L.L. Jenkins and Reginald Belafield demonstrated its practicality by powering lights in offices and stores on Main Street, Great Barrington. Stanley's innovation allowed efficient, long-distance transmission of power. "Crude as the apparatus was, with all its faults of design and construction, it operated in a marvelously beautiful manner, and thoroughly satisfied me that I had a system of distribution which was capable of indefinitely extending the limits over which electricity could be publicly served," Stanley said.
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|Date Added||Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 7:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||31N E 166021 N 0|
|Decimal Degrees||42.19583333, -73.35778333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 11.75', W 73° 21.467'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 11' 45" N, 73° 21' 28.02" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 58 River St, Great Barrington MA 01230, US|
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