Bartlett Electric Cooperative

Bartlett Electric Cooperative (HMJ6Q)

Location: Bartlett, TX 76511 Bell County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 50.23', W 97° 24.536'

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Although the town of Bartlett had regular electric service by 1905, farmers in the surrounding rural area were not supplied with electricity until thirty years later. On May 11, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) as part of his New Deal emergency relief program. Designed to bring electricity to the rural areas of America, the REA also became a lending agency to help finance such projects.

In 1935, the REA lent $33,000 to the Bartlett Community Light & Power Company. Later known as the Bartlett Electric Cooperative, the BCL&P built a 59-mile power line to serve the rural areas surrounding Bartlett. The first section of the line, which was to serve 110 farm homes, became operative in March 1936. Power was provided by the city's municipal light plant, which had been built two years earlier.

As the first REA project in Texas and the first in the nation to be energized under an REA loan, the Bartlett Electric Cooperative played an important role in the modernization of area farms.
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HM NumberHMJ6Q
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Marker Number313
Year Placed1985
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 652159 N 3412639
Decimal Degrees30.83716667, -97.40893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 50.23', W 97° 24.536'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 50' 13.80" N, 97° 24' 32.16" W
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Area Code(s)254
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11133 Linderman Rd, Bartlett TX 76511, US
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