Vanished Westinghouse estate here yields some secrets
George Westinghouse IV greeted archaeologist Christine Davis with a handshake and a question: "Did you find the grave?"
A startled look flashed over Davis' face. Last fall, she and her crew had done exploratory excavations on his great-grandfather's Point Breeze estate -- now Westinghouse Park -- and found a tantalizing array of artifacts, but no tombstones.
"What grave?" she ventured.
"Thomas Edison is buried in the back yard," Westinghouse said.
At that, the archaeologist and the heir had a good laugh.
The rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse is legendary. For about a decade in the late 19th century, the question of the day was, which of their systems would be the first to electrify the country -- direct current, promoted by Edison, or alternating current, developed by Nikola Tesla, who sold the patent to Westinghouse?
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