Gaslighting in America
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This chronological listing is based upon the alphabetical listing compiled by John B. Murray, a New York dealer in gaslight shares and published in The American Gas-Light Journal, June 15, 1863, pp. 370-373. The dates given are the years when the gas companies received their charters from their respective state legislatures. Some companies began operations before their charters were formally approved; others did not begin operations until a year or more after their charters were granted.

1817Baltimore, Maryland
1822Boston, Massachusetts
1823New York, New York
1825Brooklyn, New York
1830Manhattan (New York City), New York
1833Evansville, Indiana
1835New Orleans, Louisiana
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1836Monroe, Michigan
1838Louisville, Kentucky
1839St. Louis, Missouri
1841Cincinnati, Ohio
1844Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1845Albany, New York
1846Charleston, South Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Newark, New Jersey
1847Fall River, Massachusetts
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
New Haven, Connecticut
Paterson, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
1848Buffalo, New York
Dayton, Ohio
Providence, Rhode Island
Reading, Pennsylvania
Springfield, Massachusetts
Syracuse, New York
Troy, New York
Washington, Pennsylvania
Zanesvile, Ohio
1849Chicago, Illinois
Detroit, Michigan
Great Falls, New Hampshire
Hartford, Connecticut
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Lowell, Massachusetts
Portland, Maine
Savannah, Georgia
Utica, New York
Worcester, Massachusetts
York, Pennsylvania
1850Columbus, Ohio
Easton, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennessee
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Salem, Massachusetts
Wheeling, Virginia (West Virginia)
Williamsburg, New York
Yreka, California
1851Alexandria, Virginia
Augusta, Georgia
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Chillicothe, Ohio
Frankfort, Kentucky
Frederick City, Maryland
Germantown, Pennsylvania
Madison, Indiana
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Richmond, Virginia
Schenectady, New York
1852Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Bangor, Maine
Burlington, New Jersey
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Camden, New Jersey
Columbia, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Elmira, New York
Erie, Pennsylvania
Ithaca, New York
Lewiston, Maine
Lynchburg, Virginia
Lynn, Massachusetts
Macon, Georgia
Manayunk, Pennsylvania
Manchester, New Hampshire
Memphis, Tennessee
Mobile, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
Nashua, New Hampshire
New Albany, Indiana
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Newburg, New York
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Oswego, New York
Petersburg, Virginia
Rochester, New York
Rome, New York
San Francisco, California
Waterford, New York
Watertown, New York
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wilmington, Delaware
1853Allentown, Pennsylvania
Augusta and Hallowell, Maine
Bath, Maine
Binghampton, New York
Bordentown, New Jersey
Brookline, Massachusetts
Burlington, Vermont
Canandaigua, New York
Cape Island, New Jersey
Columbus, Georgia
Concord, New Hampshire
Covington and Newport, Kentucky
Dedham, Massachusetts
East Boston, Massachusetts
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Geneva, New York
Greenpoint, New York
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Hudson, New York
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Jersey City, New Jersey
Lexington, Kentucky
Little Falls, New York
Middletown, Connecticut
New London, Connecticut
Newport, Rhode Island
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Quincy, Illinois
Saratoga Springs, New York
Taunton, Massachusetts
Toledo, Ohio
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Waltham, Massachusetts
West Troy, New York
Wilmington, North Carolina
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
1854Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Cohoes, New York
Cumberland, Maryland
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Dubuque, Iowa
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Gardiner, Maine
Glenn's Falls, New York
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Hagerstown, Maryland
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Indiana
Malden and Melrose, Massachusetts
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Mount Holly, New Jersey
Nantucket, Massachusetts
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Newton and Watertown, Massachusetts
Norwalk, Connecticut
Norwich, Connecticut
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Rock Island, Illinois
Rockland, Maine
Rondout and Kingston, New York
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Sandusky, Ohio
Springfield, Illinois
Warren, Rhode Island
Waterbury, Connecticut
West Cambridge, Massachusetts
Winchester, Virginia
Yonkers, New York
1855Atlanta, Georgia
Batavia, New York
Bloomington, Illinois
Bristol, Rhode Island
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Davenport, Iowa
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Flushing, New York
Galena, Illinois
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Keokuk, Iowa
Kingston, Pennsylvania
Lansingburg, New York
Madison, Wisconsin
Meadville, Pennsylvania
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
Ogdensburg, New York
Ottawa, Illinois
Peekskill, New York
Peoria, Illinois
Piqua, Ohio
Portsmouth, Ohio
Portsmouth, Virginia
Racine, Wisconsin
Stamford, Connecticut
Washington, D.C. Xenia, Ohio
1856Akron, Ohio
Bellefont, Pennsylvania
Bristol, Pennsylvania
Canton, Ohio
Catasequa, Pennsylvania
Chester, Pennsylvania
Danville, Pennsylvania
Eastport, Maine
Freeport, Illinois
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Huntsville, Alabama
Jamaica, New York
Janesville, Wisconsin
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Lambertville, New Jersey
Lancaster, Ohio
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Lewistown, Pennsylvania
Montpelier, Vermont
Newark, Ohio
Northampton, Massachusetts
Norwalk, Connecticut
Owego, New York
Paducah, Kentucky
Palmyra, New York
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Poughkeepsie, New York
Salem, New Jersey
Seneca Falls and Waterloo, New York
Sing Sing, New York
Urbana, Ohio
Watertown, Wisconsin
Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania
Woodstock, Vermont
Wooster, Ohio
1857Adrian, Michigan
Alton, Illinois
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Columbia, California
Danbury, Connecticut
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Easton, Maryland
Fishkill, New York
Gloversville, New York
Harlem, New York
Huntington, Pennsylvania
Iowa City, Iowa
Jackson, Michigan
Joliet, Illinois
Marietta, Ohio
Massilon, Ohio
Muscatine, Iowa
Newcastle, Delaware
Rahway, New Jersey
Rockford, Illinois
Sacramento, California
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Selma, Alabama
Staten Island, New York
Ware, Massachusetts
Waverly, Mississippi
West Point, New York
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
1858Albion, New York
Astoria, New York
Belfast, Maine
Catskill, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Clinton, Massachusetts
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Freedonia, New York (natural gas)
Fulton, New York
Galveston, Texas
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Jacksonville, Missouri
Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Lockhaven, Pennsylvania
Marysville, California
Natchez, Mississippi
Placerville, California
Raleigh, North Carolina
Saint Albans, Vermont
Scranton Gas and Water, Pennsylvania
Walden, New York
Wautoma, Wisconsin
Williamsburg, Virginia
Ypsilanti, Michigan
1859Altoona, Pennsylvania
Amesbury and Salisbury, Massachusetts
Auburn, New York
Bath, New York
Beverly, Massachusetts
Birmingham, Pennsylvania
Brattleboro, Vermont
Brockport, New York
Burlington, Iowa
Charlotteville, Vermont
Citizens', Brooklyn, New York
Clyde, New York
Dover, Delaware
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Flemington, New Jersey
Freemont, Ohio
Galion, Ohio
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Greensboro, North Carolina
Hannibal, Missouri
Haverstraw, New York
Hempstead, New York
Kittanning, Pennsylvania (questionable)
La Crosse City, Wisconsin
Leavenworth, Kansas
Lyons, New York
Metropolitan (New York City), New York
Middleboro, Massachusetts
Morrisania, New York
Morristown, New Jersey
New Bern, North Carolina
Niagara Falls, New York
North Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Norwalk, Ohio
Nyack, New York
Orange, New Jersey
Peoples', Chicago, Illinois
Plattsburg, New York
Portland, Oregon
Port Lavacca, Texas
Richmond, Massachusetts
Ripley, Ohio
Rutland, Vermont
Sag Harbor, New York
Salem, Ohio
Salisbury, North Carolina
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Southbridge, Massachusetts
Staunton, Virginia
Tarrytown and Irvington, New York
Vincennes, Indiana
Washington, North Carolina
Willimantic, Connecticut
1860Aurora, Indiana
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
Claremont, New Hampshire
Cold Spring, New York
Cold Water, Michigan
Delaware, Ohio
Dobbs' Ferry, New York
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Hornellsville, New York
Keene, New Hampshire
Laconia, New Hampshire
Oberlin, Ohio
Owensboro, Kentucky
Penn Yan, New York
Plainfield, New Jersey
Port Chester, New York
Port Jervis, New York
South Adams, Massachusetts
1861Battle Creek, Michigan
Calais, Maine
East Hampton, Massachusetts
East New York, New York
Hayesville, Massachusetts
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Homer and Cortlandt, New York
Le Roy, New York
Little Rock, Arkansas
Norwich, New York
Painesville, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
1862Hoboken, New Jersey (works not built as of June 15, 1863)

Gas Companies listed on June 15, 1863, for which no charter date is given

Beloit, Wisconsin
Brownville, Pennsylvania
Clarkesville, Tennessee
Dover, New Hampshire
Ellicotts' Mills, Maryland
Exeter, New Hampshire
Fair Haven, Connecticut
Fifth Ward (Milwaukee), Wisconsin
Hamilton, Ohio
Hastings, New York
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville, Indiana
Jamestown, New York
Jeffersonville, Maryland
Lockport, New York
Mansfield, Ohio
Marlboro, Massachusetts
Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania
Medina, New York
Meriden, Connecticut
Middletown, New York
Milford, Massachusetts
Milledgeville, Georgia
Milton, Pennsylvania
Mount Vernon, Ohio
New Britain, Connecticut
Newton, New Jersey
Newton, Pennsylvania
Norfolk, Virginia
Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania
North Adams, Massachusetts
Quincy, Massachusetts
Saco, Maine
Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
Salisbury Mills, Massachusetts
Salmon Falls, Maine
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
Saugerties, New York
Shreveport, Louisiana
Smyrna, Delaware
South Boston, Massachusetts
Springfield, Ohio
Steubenville, Ohio
Stockton, California
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
Terre Haute, Indiana
Thompsonville, Connecticut
Tiffin, Ohio
Westfield, Massachusetts
Weston, Ohio
White Plains, New York
Woburn, Massachusetts
Yorkville, South Carolina

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