Three-Globe Lamp Posts

Streetscape-with-lamp-post (1)The Lewisburg three-globe lamp posts are Lewisburg landmarks; their style complements the well-preserved architectural heritage of the town and signals visitors that they’ve arrived at a very special place. They cast a lovely glow at dusk over historic streets, providing the perfect ambiance for an evening stroll.

Lewisburg residents Miranda and Dick McGinnis were visiting Canterbury several years ago. Miranda, an exceptional Lewisburg Downtown Partnership volunteer, sported a tote bag featuring the Lewisburg logo. A stranger approached and said, “I see you’re from Lewisburg. My alma mater is Bucknell.” When Miranda asked how he identified them, the gentleman answered, “I recognized the lamp post on your bag.”

Installation of the cast iron lamp standards began in 1912 when Market Street was paved with brick. The lamp posts were originally placed only on Market Street and were produced at that time by Westinghouse, who stopped production sometime in the 1940’s or 1950’s. The borough of Lewisburg engaged the nearby Watsontown Foundry to make a mold using an original street lamp. Today they number nearly 1500 and are still manufactured at the Watsontown Foundry and wired by Citizen’s Electric Company of Lewisburg.

(Fall photo by Ken LeVan of LeVan Design; holiday photo courtesy of the Susquehanna River Valleys Visitors Bureau)

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