Bridgeport Gas Light Company

Bridgeport Gas Light Company
Item# 2915or


Stock Certificate, issued/canceled
1910's and 1920's
Franklin-Lee Bank Note Company
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In 1849, a group of citizens, determined not to be left in the dark, founded the Bridgeport Gas Light Company. At that time, Bridgeport was hardly more than a hamlet with a population of 7,000. By December 1851, the company had 76 private customers and 26 public street lamps. The new company made "illuminating" gas by heating bituminous coal at its Housatonic Avenue plant.

So phenomenal was the demand for gas illumination that in 1861 the New Haven Gas Light Company, as it was now known, outgrew its original St. John Street plant. The company constructed a new plant at Chapel and East Streets capable of generating 500,000 cubic feet of coal gas.

In 1886, a second gaslight company, Citizens Gas, arrived on the scene in Bridgeport. One of its founding fathers was P.T. Barnum. Prior to 1890, gas was used primarily for illumination. By the turn of the century, cooking had replaced illumination as the industry’s major load factor. In 1901, the Bridgeport Gas Light Company acquired Citizens Gas.CT-Connecticut Utility Companies Gas Companies Industrial Scene Train Featured

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