Anderson: "The Electric City"

Anderson: "The Electric City" (HM6VP)

Location: Anderson, SC 29624 Anderson County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 30.2', W 82° 39.017'

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Anderson was dubbed "The Electric City" in 1895 when William C. Whitner, an engineer and native of Anderson, built a hydroelectric power plant which was the first in the South to transmit electricity over long distances. The plant, in McFall's Mill at High Shoals on the Rocky River 6 mi. E, supplied power to light the city and also operated several small industries in Anderson. In 1897 Whitner replaced the

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experimental plant with a larger generating station at Portman Shoals 11 mi. W on the Seneca River. The extra power from this plant powered Anderson Cotton Mills and a streetcar line which was the forerunner of the Piedmont & Northern RR. Both plants pioneered in transmitting high voltage electricity direct from the station switchboard. This innovation helped spur the modern industrialization of the Southeast.
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HM NumberHM6VP
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Anderson County Historical Association/Society series
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Marker Number4-25
Year Placed1997
Placed ByAnderson County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:39am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 348497 N 3819202
Decimal Degrees34.50333333, -82.65028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 30.2', W 82° 39.017'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 30' 12.00" N, 82° 39' 1.02" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 112-148 SC-28 Business, Anderson SC 29624, US
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