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From 1865 to 1875, the use of gas for lighting as well as cooking made significant progress. The lamplighter became a familiar figure; once dark streets took on a warm, friendly glow. The 'Gaslight Era' became remembered as a period of unhurried, gracious living. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, natural gas replaced coal gas. Gas lighting of streets gradually began to be replaced by electric lighting in the early 20th century, but it took decades to complete.
1. Oldt, Franklin T. and Patrick J. Quigley. History of Dubuque County, IowaChicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, p, 106