Arundel History

November 12, 2006

Mr. Edison, please

Electric lighting was wending its way toward Maryland's capital back in November 1886, The Baltimore Sun reported.

In a great step up for Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis City Council directed the streets committee to "open correspondence" with the Edison Incandescent Electric Light Co., the paper reported.

At that point, two decades after the Civil War had ravaged the city, gaslights were the rule. The council directed that the correspondence with Edison "ascertain the cost of lighting the city with electricity," the report said.

[Sources: The Baltimore Sun archives and Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher]

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