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Eastern Sierra Nevada
Power Plant Construction
California Electric Power Corporation
Nevada Power, Milling, & Mining Co.
Southern Sierras Power Company

Supporting Facilities
Supplies and Equipment Transportation
The Golden Princess

substation
Main Substation of the Southern Sierras Power Company - San Bernardino, CA

This is the southern terminus of the 238 mile steel tower transmission line from the Control Station on Bishop Creek. Here current is received from four sources for distribution - from the eleven hydro plants in the North; from the San Bernardino steam-electric generating plant, from the interconnections with the Southern California Edison Company's system, and from the San Diego Consolidated Gas and Electric Company through the Rincon interconnection.

Power is distributed here to all points on the System in Southern California and for resale in Arizona and Lower California.
This station was completed in 1927

All photos and text are from The Huntington Library Digital Collection unless otherwise noted

See USE NOTICE on Home Page.


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Southern Sierra Power Company Supporting Facilities

abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch house - Hillside Water Company

This is the residence of the Ranch Manager and the headquarters of our ranch operations in Inyo and Mono Counties.
abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch dwelling

abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch dwelling

abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch hog shed

abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch feed barn

abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch stables


abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch repair shop

abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch bunk house

abelour ranch
Abelour Ranch ranch repair grain silos

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Abelour Ranch ranch corn crib

cain ranch

Cain Ranch - Cain Irrigation Company
Beef cattle on summer range on the Cain Ranch. Over 1000 head of cattle are in the
herd shown in this photograph. The ranch is irrigated with water impounded at
Grant Lake Reservoir, below the Rush Creek Power Plant.

cain ranch

Cain Ranch clubhouse and ranch headquarters

cain ranch garage
Cain Ranch private garage

cain ranch

Cain Ranch storage building

cain sawmill
Cain Ranch sawmill

cain ranch
Cain Ranch implement shed

red hill ranch
Red Hill Ranch dwelling

red hill ranch
Red Hill Ranch Granary

red hill ranch
Red Hill Ranch dwelling

truner granery
Turner Ranch Granary

truner ranch
Turner Ranch Dwelling

south hillside ranch
South Hillside Ranch Dwelling

warehouse at laws
Warehouse at the SPNG depot at Laws, CA


laws warehouse
Warehouse at the SPNG depot at Laws, CA


laws warehouse
Warehouse at the SPNG depot at Laws, CA

laws gantry
SPNG gantry at Benton, CA

bishop offices
Bishop, CA office

interior

Bishop, CA office interior

big pine office

Big Pine, CA office

big pine office
Big Pine, CA office

independence
Independence telephone exchange

bishop
Bishop Switch House

big pine
Big Pine automatic telephone exchange

independence
Independence office

lone pine
Lone Pine telegraph office

lone pine
Storage warehouse in Lone Pine

lone pine warehouse
Warehouse on the SP at Lone Pine, CA

lone pine
Warehouse on the SP at Lone Pine, CA

bishop creek warehouse
Bishop Creek warehouse

benton warehouse
Warehouse at Benton, CA

wives
Wives supporting their husbands in one of the construction camps

packard
Packard Biplane
The owner and pilot was D. E. McDaneld of Pasadena who was a Packard dealer and early Pacific Coast pilot. The other owner of NC298 Curtiss JN-6H was Boyd Monteith Shelton. In 1927 they had a firm based out of Arcadia that did Fairchild Aerial Mapping surveys. Shelton was primary pilot. (Hal Eaton)

McDaneld & Shelton also took aerial shots and ferried materials for motion pictures. Boyd also was a pilot in Al Wilson's stunt crew in "The Cloud Riders" in 1925. (Hal Eaton)

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Packard Biplane

exchange
Main exchange and office of the Interstate Telegraph Company - Bishop, CA 1923

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Transporting Equipment & Materials to Powerhouses

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Plant equipment arriving by rail on the SPNG at Laws

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Hauling a piece of equipment to one Bishop Creek Plants by wagon


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Plant equipment arriving by rail on the SPNG at Laws

haulig pipe
Hauling sections of steel pipe by mule team

accident
Accident at a bridge crossing.

bishop creek
Hauling generator section up Bishop Creek

pipe haul
Hauling sections of steel pipe by mule team up Bishop Creek

wagon crash
Crashed wagon between plants #3 and #4

haul
24 mule team hauling / pushing power house equipment up a Bishop Creek steep incline

haul
16 horse team hauling a transformer

hauling cement
Transporting cement by truck


generator
Transporting a generator by truck


generator
Transporting a generator by truck

hay
Hauling a load of hay for the livestock

haul
Transporting a transformer by tractor

power poles
Transporting 55' long power poles for transmission lines.

power poles
Transporting 55' long power poles for transmission lines.

poles
Transporting 55' long power poles for transmission lines.

hauling pipe
Hauling steel pipe to the powerhouses

on the road
On the road between Laws and Benton

southern sierras
Southern Sierras Power Company truck
transformer
Transporting a 7.5 ton transformer to one of the powerhouses

caterpillar
One of six caterpillar engines hauling freight 56 miles from Benton to Silver Lake

trucks
Fleet of trucks ready for work

mono lake
Trucker on his way to Mono Lake with a load of cement and steel pipe

haul
Lingo Brothers Mountain & Desert flatbed truck with a load of cement

steel pipe
Trucker on his way to Mono Lake with a load of cement and steel pipe

cement
Loading up with a truckload of cement

duplex truck
Duplex truck with a tractor loaded on the back

pack train
Two packers with their strings of mules near Mono Lake

sled
Transformer sled and trucks

truck with load of lumber
Truck with a load of lumber

makeshift
Group of men working on a makeshift road

men at work
Men working on intake dam

workers taking a break
Construction workers taking a break

duplex truck
Duplex truck with a load of cement

stuck in the snow
Workers taking a break from picking up wooden planks

benton truck
Truck on it's way from Benton with a load of steel pipe and cement

pole hall
Truck hauling transmission line towers

transmission poles
Truck hauling transmission line towers

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Nevada Power Mining and Milling Company - Line construction crews leaving
Bishop, CAA in the winter


   

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Shooting "The Golden Princess" (1923) on Bishop Creek

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Filming the silent movie "The Golden Princess" on Bishop Creek
during construction of the Bishop Creek Powerhouses
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Filming the silent movie "The Golden Princess" on Bishop Creek
during construction of the Bishop Creek Powerhouses

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Cabin used in the movie The Golden Princess
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Stagecoach used in the movie The Golden Princess

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The Golden Princess
(Photo courtesy of eBay)

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The Golden Princess
(Photo Internet Movie Database)

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