Lakeport, NH c.1905, Early Electric Lighting Square Poles, Old Transformers

By Joe Maurath, Jr.; posted May 11, 2016

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At the time these wires primarily were for electric lighting service. Of note is the pole in the background. It has a short two-pin crossarm mounted atop it. Very likely it supported wires for local fire alarm telegraph from call boxes throughtout this village. Before the teens it was very commonplace to string such lines above all other utility wires because they made for first-response in the event of a fire in the community. Thus, with no wires above them, physical interference with these vital connections between the call box and fire station were avoided.