A 150-foot electric street light at Main and Commercial Streets, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1882

A 150-foot electric street light at Main and Commercial Streets, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1882In the early 1880s (this photo is circa 1882) the city of Los Angeles installed seven electric street lights. This one is at the corner of Main and Commercial Streets in downtown LA. For some reason, they were 150 feet tall. From that height, I can’t imagine they shed might light for sidewalk pedestrians, especially using 1880s technology, and it’s not like they served as beacon for aircraft or drones. Can anyone solve this mystery for us?

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