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Christmas Lights Decorate Brevard's Main Streets

Picturing The Past  

 

December 23, 2019

A winter snow decorates the Transylvania County courthouse. (Courtesy photo)

Did you know the first National Christmas tree was a 48-foot balsam fir located on the Ellipse south of the White House in 1923? A crowd of spectators watched as President Coolidge flipped the switch to light the tree festooned with 2,500 red, white and green electric bulbs.

It was another four years before lights safe for outdoor use were more widely available. Seeing an opportunity, General Electric and other distribution companies soon began sponsoring decorative lighting contests.

The first mention of lights being used for downtown holiday decorations in Brevard was in 1931. A front...



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