On a recent visit to Pittsburgh I stopped by the Westinghouse Castle in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. It's still there, looking as majestic as ever. I took the photograph of the George Westinghouse Castle that appears in this article. The "Castle" formerly housed the personal office of George Westinghouse and general office of the Westinghouse Airbrake Company.
The Castle is Closed until further notice. According to the Facebook page by the folks in Wilmerding that currently own the castle, they say tours are halted indefinitely. I will definitely be following up on what's happening with the Westinghouse Castle in the future.
I took a drive through Schenley Park to see what was happening with the Westinghouse Memorial, I knew there was a renovation project in the works. Currently the entire area around the Westinghouse Memorial is all torn up and under massive renovation. I am really looking forward to the completion of the Westinghouse Memorial. Dedicated in 1930, the Westinghouse Memorial and Pond in Schenley Park was originally funded by donations by employees of the Westinghouse companies.
The Legacy of George Westinghouse
George Westinghouse was born in Central Bridge, New York, on October 6, 1846. George Westinghouse died on March 12, 1914, in New York City, at age 67. George Westinghouse spent most of his adult life in Pittsburgh, working on safer rail transportation, steam turbines, gas lighting and heating, and electricity.
In his early years George worked in the shops at his father's agricultural machinery factory in Schenectady, New York. George Westinghouse ran off to enlist in the Union army at the age of 15.
I don't deny that Nikola Tesla was a genius. Even more legendary than Tesla's genius is the mythology surrounding him. I can't say I remember learning much about the inventor Nikola Tesla from high school other than that cool gizmo in the science lab known as the Tesla coil. I graduated from high school two decades before the internet went commercial. My high school science and history books may have made Edison the all American hero, but the modern day internet has promoted the legacy of Nikola Tesla as one of the greatest scientist of the twentieth century.
Having a lifelong interest in science and technology, the name Thomas Edison came up often. When I first started working on ideas for the Geek History website, Edison was one of the first names that came to mind to illustrate the word geek in a world before the age of computers and modern technology. Edison was often portrayed in the stereotype created for him as the Wizard of Menlo Park. I remember the story of when asked by a reporter if Edison had completed a thousand experiments that failed to produce a light bulb, Edison replied, "I have not failed 1000 times. I have successfully found 1000 ways that will not work." The story is supposed to illustrate persistence and perseverance.
Geek History sorts through the Tesla versus Edison myths
If you do a lot of searching for information on the internet on Thomas Edison you can't help but run into all the articles of the great debate of Edison versus Tesla. The Tesla fanatics paint Tesla as the man who invented everything electrical in the modern industrial age, and Edison is the evil businessman who stole all his ideas from Tesla. The online wave of mis-information on the alleged conflicts between Tesla and Edison reminds me of an old expression, there are three sides to every story, your side, my side, and the truth that lies somewhere in the middle. The goal of Geek History to be fanatic at finding the truth.