Ranchers in northern California were still in the dark when the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) came into being in 1936. A provision in the New Deal allowed Investor Owned Utilities to borrow money and extend lines to rural areas…. read more
A power system-improvement construction project in Bryant, South Dakota was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $19,890 grant for the project, whose total cost was $50,891. Work occurred… read more
A construction project that improved the electricity infrastructure in Meeker, Colorado was undertaken during the Great Depression with the assistance of a federal Public Works Administration (PWA) grant, which covered nearly half the cost of the project. Construction occurred between… read more
A power system-improvement construction project in Tyndall, South Dakota was undertaken during the Great Depression with the aid of federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds. The PWA supplied a $16,875 grant for the project, whose total cost was $35,870. Work occurred… read more
The federal Public Works Administration provided a hefty loan and grant enabling the construction of a power line that would bring electricity from the then-newly completed Hoover Dam to the eastern Nevada town of Pioche. Nevadaculture.org: “[Then-Director of the Public… read more
Public Works Administration project W1026 funded improvements to the Ketchikan waterworks ($7,307), phone system ($4,411), and electric plant ($4,140). Waterworks and phone system improvements were approved 6/22/1938 and the electric plant was approved 7/7/1938. Construction began during August 1938 and was… read more
The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided funds for the completion of the Rayville Light & Water Plant in Rayville, Louisiana during the Great Depression. The plant had been under construction for many years prior to the PWA appropriations, with plans… read more
In 1916, the Pecos Valley of Texas Water Users Association (which consisted of the Porterville, Farmers Independent, Cedarvale/Imperial, Barstow, Big Valley-Grandfalls, Imperial and Zimmerman irrigation districts) filed a petition with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to request that a… read more
The Western Construction News reports of REA work in rural Washington state. “The REA has alloted $45,000 to the Benton Rural Electrification Association, Benton City Washington, for construction of 43 miles of transmission lines in Benton County Washington.” “The Benton… read more
The June 1937 issue of Western Construction Magazine notes that “The R.E.A. has alloted $250,000 to the Morgan County Rural Electric Association, Fort Morgan Colorado, for construction of 248 miles of transmission lines in MORGAN and WELLS COUNTIES.” “Morgan County… read more
The June 1937 issue of Western Construction News reported “The REA has alloted $164,000 to the Central Valley Rural Cooperative Electric Company, Lake Arthur New Mexico, for constructing a generating plant estimated $60,000 and to construct 84 miles of transmission… read more
The Western Construction News reported on REA work in Wyoming. “The REA has alloted $50,000 to the Washakie Rural Electric Company, Worland Wyoming, for construction of 50 miles of transmission lines in Washakie and Big Horn Counties, Wyoming.” “High Plains… read more
Along Maple Street, Carrollton is the site of the first Rural Electrification Administration substation in Carroll County, Georgia.
The Salt River Project is the source of energy for most of this area, providing affordable electricity, and electricity in general for large geographical areas. "1935-1938: In an effort to supplement its workforce during the Depression, SRP contracted with the… read more
The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) worked on a land reclamation and shore beautification project on the south shore of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The project involved “the laying of electric cables for electric standards to provide a lighting system;… read more
"n 1936, F.L. "Barney" Roberts of Surprise Valley was weary of being in the dark. He wanted electric lights in his home, convenience for his wife's work and a dependable power source for his milking machine in his dairy barn…. read more
These WPA archive photos show WPA electricians, mechanics, and workmen installing a new power plant and field lights at Syracuse Municipal Airport. The airport closed down in the late 1940s.
The Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (PRRA) enlarged the Toro Negro hydroelectric plant, located north of Villalba. The work consisted of “new turbines, penstock pipes, canals, transformers, switches, and other control equipment.”
Between 1936-1937, the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (PRRA) built the Toro Negro hydroelectric plant no. 2, located at the headwaters of the Toro Negro River.