1857 : First Gas Light in Grand Rapids

November 14, 2018 all-day

On November 14, 1857, the first gas light in Grand Rapids was lit by Francis B. Gilbert, president of the Grand Rapids Gas Light Co. The event “caused a crowd to gather at Canal and Pearl Streets” because of “the novelty of artificial light illuminating the darkness.”

The company sold a million cubic feet of gas to a hundred customers in its first year. The gas company survived competition from electricity to later join the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company.

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Nov. 14, 1857 : First gas light in Grand Rapids, Michigan Every Day By Patrick Sullivan and Carole Eberly.

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