And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light"

And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (HM29MK)

Location: Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Garfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 32.796', W 107° 19.462'

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In 1888, through the ingenuity of developer and engineer Walter B. Devereux, the City of Glenwood Springs was provided with electric lights.

Devereux had been a local leader for the development of hydroelectric power. By 1886, he had successfully lighted Aspen's mines, homes and businesses. By doing so, he made Colorado history by being among the first to supply a town with commercially available electricity.

In 1886, on the north side of the Colorado River near the foot of today's Grand Avenue bridge, Devereux erected a coal-fired, steam-driven electric power plant. For the consumer, with a flip of a switch, the days of kerosene lamps were gone. In December of 1887, Devereux replaced the coal-powered plant with a new hydroelectric structure.

Today, the hydroelectric building just east of the Hot Springs Pool is on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

The electric light has caused me the greatest amount of study and has required the most elaborate experiments... Thomas Edison

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Left: A new electric powerplant brought light to the Fairy Caves, now Glenwood Caverns.
Middle: Walter B. Devereux
HM NumberHM29MK
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Frontier Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 300276 N 4380016
Decimal Degrees39.54660000, -107.32436667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.796', W 107° 19.462'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 47.76" N, 107° 19' 27.72" W
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Area Code(s)970
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 802 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, US
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