The following notice appeared in the Henderson Weekly Reporter on Thursday., 12 September 1861. At this time, street lamps were fueled with gas. A street lamplighter lit the lamps each evening and later extinguished them.
For the protection of the City Lamp Posts, Lamps and appurtenances belonging thereto, passed Sept. 3rd, 1861.
Be it ordained by the Mayor and common Council of the City of Henderson, That from and after the 14th day of September, 1861, any person who shall hitch any horse, mule or animal to any of the city Lamb Posts, or who shall willfully or maliciously break or otherwise injure any of said Lamp Posts, Lamps or appurtenances, thereto, shall be Guilty of a misdemeanor, and forfeit and pay for each offence, not less than $2.00 nor more than $30.00, if a white person or free negro, to be collected by the City Marshall as other fines to the City, but if a slave, to be punished for each offence, with not less than five nor more than 39 stripes on the bare back. E.H. Hall, Mayor
Attest: R.W. Reutlinger, Clerk.