We were the third "Illuminated"
The first chapter of electricity in our country can be summarized in that: two guys stealing water from a buoy to turn on 25 bulbs.
San José became the third city in the world and the first in Latin America to be illuminated, after New York and Paris
It was a town lit with a canfín, head of a province with just 50.000 inhabitants. There, in that dusky paddock, two men put to work a small hydroelectric plant.
To do so, they diverted pipes that fed a pool destined to refresh the oxen that arrived in the capital.
The 9 night of August 1884 was unforgettable for the Costa Ricans, since the electric service in San José was inaugurated at 6: 15 in the afternoon. The plant was located in Barrio Aranjuez and had a force of 75 horses, which generated 50 kilowatts for 25 carbon lamps.
For its inauguration, President Próspero Fernández went out to his balcony in the Presidential Palace and the curious crowds arrived from Alajuela, Cartago and Heredia, to witness the moment when natural light was hiding, waiting for the first time to light up. electric lighting service.