Menlo Park, New Jersey

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Menlo Park, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Replica of Edison's lab where he invented the first commercially practical light bulb.  Henry Ford, Edison's longtime friend, built it at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
Replica of Edison's lab where he invented the first commercially practical light bulb. Henry Ford, Edison's longtime friend, built it at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
Menlo Park, New Jersey is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Menlo Park, New Jersey
Menlo Park, New Jersey
Location of Menlo Park in Middlesex County Inset: Location of county within the state of New Jersey
Menlo Park, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Menlo Park, New Jersey
Menlo Park, New Jersey
Location within the state of New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°33′54″N 74°20′15″W / 40.56500°N 74.33750°W / 40.56500; -74.33750Coordinates: 40°33′54″N 74°20′15″W / 40.56500°N 74.33750°W / 40.56500; -74.33750
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Middlesex
Township Edison
Elevation[1] 141 ft (43 m)
GNIS feature ID 878259[1]

Menlo Park is an unincorporated community located within Edison Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.[2]

In 1876, Thomas Edison set up his home and research laboratory in Menlo Park, which at the time was the site of an unsuccessful real estate development named after the town of Menlo Park, California.[3] While there he earned the nickname "the Wizard of Menlo Park."[4] It was in his Menlo Park laboratory that Thomas Edison invented both the phonograph and a commercially viable incandescent light bulb filament. Christie Street in Menlo Park was the first street in the world to use electric lights for illumination.[5] The Menlo Park lab has been called one of the greatest laboratories ever.[6] Edison left Menlo Park and moved his home and laboratory to West Orange in 1886.[7] After his death, the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum was constructed near his old Menlo Park lab and dedicated in 1938. Edison's old lab site and memorial now make up Edison State Park.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Menlo Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed February 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Origin of New Jersey Place Names", New Jersey Public Library Commission, May 1945, pg. 20
  4. ^ Walsh, Bryan. "The Electrifying Edison." Web: Time 5 Jul 2010
  5. ^ An Edison Historical Timeline, Township of Edison. Accessed July 24, 2007.
  6. ^ John Steele Gordon "10 Moments That Made American Business," American Heritage (magazine), February/March 2007.
  7. ^ Accessed August 20, 2007.Menlo Park Museum FAQs
  8. ^ About Us, Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum. Accessed March 22, 2012.