- Thomas Edison House
Thomas Edison House is a historic house located in the
Butchertownneighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. The house is a shotgun duplex built around 1850. Thomas Edisontook up residence in the same neighborhood, possibly even at this location, a part of the time he lived in Louisville from 1866 to 1867. The house features a museum that honors Edison and his inventions. [cite book|title=Lonely Planet USA |author= Jeff Campbell, Loretta Chilcoat, Susan Derby, Andrew Dean Nystrom|year=2004|publisher=Lonely PlanetTravel |url= http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN1741041929&id=ocpUNTtX0-IC&pg=RA3-PA560&lpg=RA3-PA560&ots=Tm4bJj8U_v&dq=%22Thomas+Edison+House%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html&sig=UcCXYhx6hMIsdS3ABtn1cnO_LcQ|id=ISBN 1741041929]
Edison's time in Louisville
In 1866, at age 19, Thomas Edison, a skilled
telegrapher, came to Louisville to work for Western Union, which at that time had an office on the corner of Main and Second Streets. In August 1866, Edison left briefly, intending to take a trip to Brazilbut was turned back at New Orleans because the waterway was shut down. So, he returned to work in Louisville and found lodging in a shotgun duplex on East Washington Street in what is now Butchertown.
In 1867, while working the night shift, Edison, already the experimenter, was working with a battery when he spilled
sulfuric acidonto the floor and his boss' desk on the floor below. The next day, he was fired, and left town for good. Oddly enough, just sixteen years later, in 1883, one of Edison's new inventions, the incandescent light bulb, was demonstrated in the largest installation to date in Louisville at the Southern Exposition.
* [http://www.edisonhouse.org/ Thomas Edison House website]
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