Lester Allan Pelton

Lester Allan Pelton (HM1FIU)

Location: Vermilion, OH 44089 Erie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 24.41', W 82° 24.406'

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Lester Allan Pelton, "the Father of Hydroelectric Power," was born on September 5, 1829, a quarter of a mile northwest of this site. He spent his childhood on a farm a mile south of this site and received his early education in a one-room schoolhouse that once sat north of this site. In the spring of 1850, he and about twenty local boys, left for California during the great gold rush west. Pelton did not find gold, but instead invented what was commonly known as "the Pelton Water-Wheel," which produced the first hydroelectric power in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California in 1887. The Water-Wheel was patented on August 27, 1889. Currently variations of it are still commonly used to generate electric power throughout the world. Pelton died in California on March 14, 1908. He is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Vermilion.
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HM NumberHM1FIU
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number27-22
Year Placed2009
Placed ByVermilion Area Archival Society and The Ohio Historical Society.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 382417 N 4584875
Decimal Degrees41.40683333, -82.40676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 24.41', W 82° 24.406'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 24' 24.6" N, 82° 24' 24.36" W
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Area Code(s)440
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5301-5395 Co Hwy 143, Vermilion OH 44089, US
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