Gas Lights are a great alternative to electricity, and are commonly used in cabins and homes. The gas lights we carry are available
for propane or natural gas. Our store has numerous styles to choose from, please browse our store and email us if you have any questions. We also carry gas light parts and mantles to keep your gas light in the best condition. Please feel free to read the history of the gas light below.
The first practical use of gas in modern times was for street lighting. When William Murdock, a British engineer and inventor, lighted his cottage with manufactured gas in 1792, he literally opened up a whole new industry and changed the living habits of the civilized world. By 1798, he had developed his invention to a point where he was using manufactured gas to light his entire factory. And in 1804, Murdock built a gas works to light a large cotton mill in Manchester, England, with 90 burners.
The first public street lighting with gas took place in Pall Mall, London on January 28, 1807. In 1812, Parliament granted a charter to the London and Westminster Gas Light and Coke Company, and the first gas company in the world came into being. A few years later, on December 31, 1813, the Westminster Bridge was lighted by gas.
Following the success, gas lighting spread to other countries. In the United States, Baltimore in 1816 was the first city to light its streets with gas. In 1820, Paris adopted gas street lighting.
The first introduction of gas lights in Rembrandt Peal's Museum in Baltimore in 1816 proved to be such a sensation and success that Peale quickly organized a gas company to light the city. The city council passed an ordinance June 1816, permitted Peale to manufacture gas, lay pipes in the streets, and contract with the city for street lighting. This was the first gas company founded in the United States.
Use of natural gas in America came into being in Fredonia, New York, in 1820, when the first gas well was drilled to a depth of 27 feet. Industrious citizens hustled the gas into town via lead pipelines.
Shortly after the excitement of its discovery, Fredonia played host to an illustrious French nobleman, the Marquis de Lafayette, Revolutionary War hero, and personal friend of George Washington. Lafayette marveled that all the streets of the town were completely lighted by gas. He was even more amazed to sit down to a gas cooked dinner served in his honor. In 1858, Fredonia went on to establish the first recorded corporation to serve natural gas to business and residential customers.
Fredonia's discovery of natural gas opened the rapid expansion of the industry in the decades that followed. Manufactured gas was in wide use to, in later years of the 19th century. At Shreveport gas mains were in the streets as early as 1859. In Little Rock the first gas street light went up in 1888.
During the decade from 1865 to 1875, the use of gas for lighting as well as for cooking made significant progress. Soon much of America, as well as other countries were lighted by gas. The lamplighter became a familiar figure, and streets at night took on a warm, friendly glow. In nostalgic memory, the 'Gaslight Era' as a period of unhurried, gracious living, was never to be forgotten.