Wealthy home owners are not installing boilers for light and heat, but gas. Oregon City is well on it’s way to running the nations first long distance power lines to Portland. And the phone is inching it’s way to replace the telegraph. While these late commers are not common they may well be a threat to grandfather steam’s very survival. There are many wealthy interests unwilling to simply cast aside the yet fully realized power and proven achievments of steam. Great fortunes have been invested in this clockwork boon with the expectation of greater financial return but for these usurping inventors and their unwelcome discoveries.