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Street Lighting

The first electric street lights were turned on in Burlington in 1886. Twenty lights were installed in a "light district" bound by Pearl Street, South Winooski Avenue, King Street, and the waterfront. Electric lighting spread slowly into residential districts and out into rural Vermont. By 1920, only 11% of rural Vermont families had power. Nearly every town had power in the 1940s, but Victory, Granby, and Jamaica finally received power only in 1964.

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Gas Lights Early Arc Lights Incandescent Globes Street Lights with Trolley Lines
Gas Lights Early Arc Lights Incandescent Globes Trolley Lines
Mast Arms and Pendant Arc Lights Curved Brackets Double Brackets Lantern-Like Lights
Mast and Pendant Curved Brackets Double Brackets Lantern-Like Lights
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