Tesla vs Edison page 2
The following paragraphs are Courtesy of Corrosion Doctors.
In 1893 Tesla and Westinghouse got the contract to install all the electrical and lighting systems for the Chicago World's Fair. This was the first World's Fair with electricity and would prove that alternating current was the electrical system of the future. After the World's Fair everybody believed in Tesla's alternating current and soon the whole country had switched to Tesla's system.
Westinghouse won the coveted contract to harness Niagara, bidding half of what Edison bid for the installation of a DC system. Tesla's success on the World's Fair was a factor in winning the contract to install the first power machinery at Niagara Falls, which bore Tesla's name and patent numbers.
In 1895, the Niagara AC power system enjoyed a flawless inauguration, transmitting electricity to Buffalo 22 miles away, a complete impossibility in the suddenly outmoded world of direct current.
No longer a curious luxury reserved for the urban upper class, electric power in the home would now be commonplace. For the first time in his life, Nikola Tesla was an indisputable success.
All images are courtesy of the Tesla Society except where noted.
World's Fair poster
Court of Honor at the Columbian Expo (Courtesy of PBS)
The Dream City at the Columbian Expo
Tesla 500 HP polyphase generator at the Westinghouse Exposition
Four of the 12 1000 horse-power, two-phase generators at the Alternating Current Power Plant at World's Fair, Chicago, 1893. (Courtesy of Neuronet)