Anderson: "The Electric City"

Anderson: "The Electric City" (HM6VP)

Location: Anderson, SC 29624 Anderson County
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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

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.
HM NumberHM6VP
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Anderson County Historical Association/Society series
Marker Number4-25
Year Placed1997
Placed ByAnderson County Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:39am PDT -07:00
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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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