And Then There Was Light In Comanche, Texas!

I don’t know a lot about when the lights came on in Comanche, Texas so I’m just going to give you the bare bones that were told to me. If you have information to add to the story, please feel free to do that in the comment boxes below.

In the year 1900, the first electric plant or “light plant” set up operation in Comanche, Texas and from what my great-grandmother had to say, it must have been a spectacular sight, with people coming in from miles around to see the impossible happen. Apparently there were many who did not believe that light could actually be produced from electricity and had to see it for themselves. (I think my family was part of those doubters!) :)

This first taste of electric lights was actually contained to the business district and those homes that were located nearby. I’m not sure when Hoff and Harris put in the next plant, the one that lit up residences in Comanche, but it must have been before 1916 since that is when Texas Power and Light came into the mix.

TP&L bought out Hoff and Harris and began building lines between Comanche and the power plant in Brownwood and, of course, service began to improve. As time passed TP&L continued to stretch out and improve service, running lines from Comanche to Dublin and from Comanche to Eastland…So Now You Know!

*After completing this article, which I did from memory, I remembered that there was in the early 1900s a schedule for when electricity could be used! That schedule was between 5:00 p.m. and midnight and between 4:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Remember when televisions “went off” and did not show programming 24/7? :)

The light bulb patent is from

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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2 Responses to And Then There Was Light In Comanche, Texas!

  1. Debbie House says:

    I remember my grandparents, Charlie and Myrtle Carnes, relating sitting on their East porch and watching the electric lines being brought over the hill. They new soon they would have electricity. Wish I could tell you the year, but I can’t. They lived North of the Newburg community a few miles off of Highway 16.

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