Next time you’re racing through Rahway Train Station, be sure to wave to Nikola Tesla.
A permanent location for the bust will be determined but the current spot was chosen because it fit nicely in the space and was protected from the weather, City Administrator Cherron Rountree said. “We are also reviewing options for a more prominent location at or near Train Station Plaza, where Tesla flipped the switch for the first time,” she said. An small unveiling ceremony is expected once a permanent location is chosen. The mayor officially proclaimed July 9-10 as Nikola Tesla Days.
Tesla was born in what is today Croatia and after emigrating to the U.S., he worked for Thomas Edison before he founded the Tesla Electric Light and Manufacturing company on Irving Street in 1887. It’s there where he invented a high efficiency arc lamp, among numerous other patents.
Tesla is among those featured in the “Rahway’s Own” campaign by the Rahway Arts District. The timing coincides with the launch of marketing and branding campaign but is not directly part of it, said Executive Director Rachael Faillace.