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The First Power Station

The First Power Station

Edison hired about seventy former telegraph "wire runners" to lay more than 80,000 feet of conductors underground. They worked from the spring of 1881 to the summer of 1882. Meanwhile, Edison's team constructed the first central power station.

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Great Projects: The Building of America



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