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My Home Town Presentation. Megan Lange Comm 115 October 26, 2010. Edison, New Jersey. “The Birthplace of the Technological Revolution”. . Edison. 32-square miles Over 100,000 residents

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my home town presentation

My Home Town Presentation

Megan Lange

Comm 115

October 26, 2010

Megan Lange

edison new jersey
Edison, New Jersey

“The Birthplace of the Technological Revolution”

Megan Lange



  • 32-square miles
  • Over 100,000 residents
  • “Home of Thomas Edison’s famed Menlo Park laboratory where the incandescent light bulb was perfected and sound was first recorded.”
  • One of America’s Best Places to Live according to Money Magazine
  • The Safest Place for Women in the country according to SELF Magazine
  • One of the Best Places to Grow Up in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.

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the history
The History
  • Formerly known as Raritan Township
  • First settled in late 1600’s
  • People have lived in Edison area since prehistoric times
    • Skull and bone fragments from stone age have been found
    • Arrowheads and cooking instruments have been found indicating Native Americans
  • Old Post Road, the earliest public road in eastern New Jersey is said to have been used by President George Washington as he traveled through the state on the way to his inauguration in New York City in April 1789.
  • The Bonhamtown area of Edison, on Old Post Road is said to have been the site of an old Native American village and later a Continental Army camp and battleground during the Revolutionary War.
  • From a rural-residential community in the 1920's, Edison has grown in population, commercial and industrial center. It ranks as the fifth largest municipality in New Jersey.

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thomas edison
Thomas edison
  • It is said that he chose the Menlo Park site for his laboratories because it was the highest point along the Pennsylvania Railroad between New York and Philadelphia.
  • His industrial research laboratory - he preferred calling it his "invention factory" - in 1876 brought global fame to the township as it became the site for some of the most innovative research and manufacturing feats in world history.

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Thomas edison
  • Menlo Park inventions include the phonograph, the electric railway (which incidentally, ran along present day Middlesex Avenue) and the incandescent lamp.
  • Christie Street, where the Edison Memorial Tower now stands, was the first street to be illuminated by incandescent lamps, and Mrs. Jordan's Boarding House, home to many of Thomas Edison's workers, was the first residence to be lighted that way.

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what to do
what to do
  • Menlo Park Mall
    • 2-level super regional mall
      • Macy's
      • Nordstrom
      • Barnes & Noble
      • Apple
      • Rainforest Café
      • Abercrombie & Fitch

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what to do1
What to do
  • Roosevelt Park
    • 217 Acres
    • Family Ice Skating Rink
    • 7 Tennis courts
    • 4 Basketball Courts
    • 3 Playgrounds
    • Bike/Walkways
    • Lake/Fishing

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what to do2
What to do
  • Plays in the Park
    • UNIQUE GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED THEATER that takes place in Roosevelt Park.
    • Now celebrating their 48th Season
    • It is estimated that more than 1 million people have attended performances of Plays-in-the-Park
    • Hugely popular with people from all around the area, and even not in the area.

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Megan Lange