“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas A. Edison —
On this day in 1883, the city of Roselle, New Jersey became the world’s first town to use Thomas Edison’s overhead electrical wires. Edison set out to prove that a singular electrical station could provide enough power for an entire community. Using only one steam-driven generator, hundreds of street lights, dozens of homes, and Roselle’s railway depot all received electrical power, proving Edison right. This huge leap forward in supplying electricity to the public created a pathway for unprecedented progress in industrialized cities across the world.