1834 : Detroit Installs First Streetlights

May 21, 2023 all-day

On May 21st, 1834 Detroit’s first streetlights were introduced lighting up Jefferson from Cass Ave. to Randolph st. The estimated cost as follows:

20 lamps including posts: $5
3 quarts of sperm whale oil per night: $.75
Total cost per year: $262.50

Source: Detroit History Tours and Detroit History Club Facebook Page

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