Rural Electrification | Davenport, WA | June 2019
After a century of candles and lanterns, flipping a switch to instantly dispel darkness must have seemed miraculous to rural homeowners in the 1930s. More radical than radio; more fantastic than flight. Maybe even better than gas engines in easing grueling farm chores. Today’s innovations hardly compare. My new smartphone screen is 3 millimeters larger than my previous one, a feature hyped to the hilt. Yet it’s no gift from God. It’s not electricity.