This is a bit of a trick question, because while everyone knows the Statue of Liberty, most of us don’t know its history as a working lighthouse. From 1886 to 1902, it was just that, and it was the first lighthouse powered by electricity. The statue served as a navigational aid for ships entering New York Harbor. It’s said that the arc lamps in the torch could be seen 24 miles out to sea.
That’s the simple version of the story. It was, as you might expect, much more complicated than that. This article at lighthousefriends goes into a lot more detail.
Our photo today is semi-related. It has nothing to do with lighthouses, but that is a random old electric motor that we have in the warehouse, which uses eclectricity. And electricity is what we are talking about here. 🙂
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