1880 : First Electric Lights in Grand Rapids Stores

July 24, 2018 all-day

The Grand Rapids Daily Democrat of July 25, 1880 reports that the first electric lights were turned on in Grand Rapids Stores on the night before, enabling visitors to read even the smallest print. Interestingly enough, the light fixtures were leased on an annual basis, at $120 per year.

“First Electric Lights”, Grand Rapids Daily Democrat, July 25, 1880, p.4. Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission.

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