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You have found Livermore California's World famous Centennial Light Bulb! Feel free to read the facts sheet, take a close-up look at bulb photos, tour Station #6, of our downtown of 1901. Learn about the 110th birthday party. Take a look at the Bulbcam, and be... more.
Livermore's Centennial Light: Historical Fire Department Tour 1901
A couple of years ago I contacted Lynn Owens, the Chairman of the Centennial Bulb Committee, Retired Division Fire Chief, and Livermore Fire Department Historian, and asked if he would take me to see where the old Fire Houses were, and where the bulb got it's start.
He agreed and off we went! Second Street Fire House Our first stop was at a bank parking lot. Not much to see, but as Lynn talked about it, walking off where the building had been, and the bell tower, I could start imagining from 100 years ago. So he showed me a photo from the 1970's of the very same building. Then Lynn showed me a sketch of what it had looked like in 1890, and challenged me to create a picture of the Station 6 as it might have appeared in 1901 when the Bulb was first installed. So hear you have it! The Second street Station, complete with Bell Tower, Fire Boys, Pull Cart, and of course, our Shelby Light Bulb. Lynn In front of where the station had been
Livermore's Centennial Light Bulb
LYNN OWENS MEMORIAL
With great sorrow we have lost the Chairman of the Centennial Bulb to cancer. If you are returning, our newest additions are, a 110 year old unique Shelby lightbulb was found in Adolph Chailett's home in Shelby ,Ohio, a nice tv party piece from the Patch on YouTube, a tv spot from Reuters, a tv spot from David Letterman and Stephen Colbert, NPR, FREE POSTCARDS, a tour of the old Livermore Fire Stations by Lynn Owens, a visit from Jeanine Benca & Jim Stevens from the East Bay News Group with the articles, a visit From Carolyn Jones, and Michael Macor of the SF Chronicle, a visit with Mike Dunstan , the original reporter who broke the news of the bulb to the world, a visit to the MUSEUM in Shelby, Ohio as guided by Sally Maier historian, the stories of our latest visitors, Chris Leps of Hollywood. making the documentory A Century of Light , Cosima Dannoritzer from Spain who made the documentory The Light Bulb Conspiracy, and Karin Steinberger from Germany.
"In our guestbook we have people from Germany, China, Japan, Russia, England, you name it," beams Lynn Owens, 67, the former division chief for the Livermore Fire Department who has looked after the bulb for 30 years.
As "spokesperson" for the Centennial Lightbulb, Owens has an answer to all questions but one. "Why does she burn longer than all the others? That is the mystery that nobody knows," he says. "Nobody will ever touch it again," Owens says.
Lynn Owens is the former division chief for the Livermore Fire Department and Light Bulb Centennial chairman.
LYNN OWENS: Nobody knows how it's possible - it is a 60 watt bulb and it's only turned on to about four watts but nobody knows why it keeps burning. We've had scientists from all over the country look at this light bulb. BARBARA MILLER: Lynn Owens says the little light, now a curiosity, initially had a much more important role to play in town life. LYNN OWENS: It was used as a night light so that when the fire bell rang and the volunteers came in to the get the equipment, instead of going into a completely dark building there would be a little light shining, it would be a lot safer for them to get their kerosene lanterns lit and to get their equipment.
It is good to hear from you, Linda!
Hi Bridget!A person from the past here, Linda Owens, worked at Centennial with Susie in Activities...a lifetime ago it seems! Good for you doing this Blog. Your heart was always there for the students and continues to be, hats off to you. Best of luck in 2011...and despite the challenges you mentioned in your blog from 2010...you are a strong survivor and I know you will do well. Where did you re-locate to? We are now in the state of Washington, have been for five years and love it! Miss the kids, family and friends though.Christ's Peace,Linda Owens
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