Saturday, May 22, 2010
"One of the Midway concessions, the Thompson Aerio-Cycle, will alone use 2,000 incandescent lamps. Other Midway features will be profusely lighted, increase the total number of lights nsed in the illumination of the buildings and grounds as a whole.
About 400 miles of wire will be used in the insulation of the lamps for the illumination in and around the Court of Fountains, which expressed in another fashion means about 250 tons of insulated copper wire. of all sizes.
The electric energy for the production of this vast illumination will be obtained partly from Niagara Fails. From the harnessed Niagara 5,000 horse power will be furnished for Exposition uses, and about. 5,000 more horse power will be generated on the grounds for the turning of the wheels and the lighting of the myriads of lamps. The service already arranged for contemplates the use of gasoline for motive power, of gas both under boilers, producing steam, and in gas engines, producing energy as well as the utilization of the water power of Niagra. Thus it can be see that the Pan-American exposition enjoys the advantage of a greater number of resources of power than has been possessed by any exposition of the past."