• Railroads

    In the 1800s, coal was the fuel for the railroad industry
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    Energy Timespan

  • Street Lights

    Street Lights
    In 1816 Baltimore, Maryland became the first city in America to use street lights that are lit by gas made from coal
  • Wood

    In 1860 wood was the most popular fuel for heating homes and cooking. Businesses also relied on wood.
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison
    In 1882 Thomas Edison started the first coal-fired power station in New York. It supplied electricity to light households
  • Model T

    Model T
    In 1908 Henry Ford created the first successful car. It was called the Model T and could run on gasoline or ethanol.
  • Natural Gas

    Natural Gas
    In 1912 the first liquefied natural gas plant opened in West Virginia
  • Petroleum

    In 1915 the first petroleum refinery was opened in California
  • Oil

    In 1921 oil was discovered in Signal Hill, California.
    This became an oil field.
  • Cleveland

    In 1941 the first liquefaction plant was opened in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Cars

    Since cars were so popular, oil was the most used energy source in the 1950s.
  • Nuclear Power

    Nuclear Power
    In 1957 the first nuclear power plant was opened in Pennsylvania.
  • Popular Energy Source

    Popular Energy Source
    In 1984 nuclear power became the second-largest electricity source in the U.S.
  • General Motors

    General Motors
    In 1990 General Motors introduced one of the first electric cars. It was called "The Impact"