Rembrandt Peale Historical

Rembrandt Peale Historical (HM1X2J)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
Country: United States of America

N 39° 17.39', W 76° 36.623'

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Rembrandt Peale, founder of the Gas and Light Company of Baltimore (now Baltimore Gas and Electric Company), was a famous portrait painter from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He had a unique and groundbreaking connection to Baltimore.

In 1816, to increase attendance at his Baltimore Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peale began lighting exhibits with carbureted hydrogen gas, and innovation borrowed from his father, Charles and brother Rubens, who were using the same magic ring of light in their Philadelphia museum.

Soon after, Baltimore City leaders and investors suggested using gas as a substitute for oil in street lamps and the first gas utility in North America was formed. The Gas Light Company of Baltimore, later to become Baltimore Gas and Electric, was chartered on June 17 1816, making Baltimore the first city in the United States to adopt gas for streetlights and general use.

First Gas Street Lamp-Lit February 7, 1817-The first gas street lamp in America was lit on this spot on February 7, 1817 by Rembrandt Peale, founder of the Gas Light Company of Baltimore now known as BGE. The Gas Light Company of Baltimore was chartered to "provide for more effectually lighting the streets, squares, lanes and alleys of the City of Baltimore. " BGE is still lighting the city and surrounding region over 200 years later.

in the image in the upper left) Site of the First Gas Street Lamp in America-February 7, 1817.

BGE an Exelon Company 200 years.
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HM NumberHM1X2J
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361121 N 4350176
Decimal Degrees39.28983333, -76.61038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.39', W 76° 36.623'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 23.4" N, 76° 36' 37.38" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 E Baltimore St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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