Portland General Electric today marks the 125th anniversary of the nation's first long-distance transmission of electricity, which sparked the birth of Oregon's largest utility. On June 3, 1889, PGE founders Parker Morey and Edward Eastham flipped a switch at Station A in Oregon City and lit up 55 street lamps located 14 miles away in Portland.
To commemorate this milestone and thank the communities where PGE customers and employees work and live, PGE is sponsoring free admission for all visitors to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and other area museums on Saturday, June 21. No special pass is required. Check museum website for operating hours.
"At PGE, we are honored to be a part of Oregon's history," said Jim Piro, CEO and president. "Sponsoring this free museum day is one way to thank the community we feel privileged to serve. We chose a free museum day because education, like electricity, is vital to creating a bright future for our region."
PGE is a longtime supporter of OMSI and has a special connection to its current site and mission. In 1986, PGE donated the 18.5-acre site where PGE once operated its sawdust-fired power generating plant, Station L. Today, OMSI displays the original smokestack and turbine buildings that once generated power for PGE customers.
In addition to free admission to OMSI, PGE is featuring other community opportunities June 21 as part of its anniversary celebration.
* A new exhibit at the Museum of the Oregon Territory. This museum is located in Oregon City overlooking Willamette Falls, and here, visitors can see for themselves where the nation's first long-distance transmission of electricity was generated. In addition, visitors can view PGE's Sullivan plant, one of the nation's oldest, continuously operated hydroelectric plants and an official producer of green power. (http://www.clackamashistory.org)
* Free admission to the Oregon Historical Society. As stewards of Oregon's history, OHS is trustee to significant PGE memorabilia and has committed to sharing it with future generations. The original control room panel from the decommissioned Trojan Plant is currently on display. (ohs.org)
* Free admission to A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village. Located in Salem, this children's museum offers innovative and stimulating educational experiences that spark children's natural curiosity. The museum is named in honor of American inventor Alfred Carlton Gilbert, who championed the use of scientific toys to foster inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity and problem solving - core qualities that helped PGE's founders generate the nation's first long-distance transmission of electricity. (http://www.acgilbert.org)
About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 838,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.