5,000 horsepower generators, manufactured for The Niagara Falls Power Co. by Westinghouse Electric and Mfg. Co., 1897.
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5,000 horsepower generators

Credit: Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution

Following its triumph providing power for the World Columbian Exposition in 1893, Westinghouse won the contract to build the huge generators that would transform the energy of Niagara Falls into electricity. Completed in 1895, the Niagara Falls plant was the first large plant in the world to generate and transmit electrical current by means of Nikola Tesla 's polyphase alternating current system.

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