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Louisville - Thomas Edison House

The light bulb and the phonograph are only 2 examples of Thomas Alva Edison's inventions that changed the world. Think about the telegraph he invented: Just for this incredible idea he was issued 125 patents. Overall he was holding 1093 patents for his numerous inventions.

Thomas Alva moved to Louisville in 1866 and worked as a telegraph key operator. In the same year in August he had the plan to go to Brazil but it didn't worked out and he decided to go back to Louisville in fall of the same year. He took a job at Western Union, located only a few blocks away from this house in East Washington Street where he lived during his time in Louisville.
The neighborhood is known as the area where all meat production facilities were located, called Butchertown.
In his job he was fascinated about the idea to improve the telegraph and his first inventions were in the area of improvements.
Then in 1879 he invented the incandescent light bulb for which he became famous.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday.
Address:
Thomas Edison House
729-31 East Washington Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

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