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

Bishop Creek
Big Pine
Cottonwood
Haiwee
Transmission Lines
San Bernardino

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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new 05/22
eva scott
Moonshiners cabin at the power works' upper camp - Bishop, CA - June, 1905
Painting by Eva Scott Fenyes
(Image courtesy of Hal Eaton)

Hal Eaton writes:
Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930)was a wealthy socialite and also watercolorist who Lummis encouraged to document the many old buildings and adobes in California which she donated to the Southwest Museum. Her second husband, Dr. Adalbert Fenyes was a physican and entomologist specializing in beetles. The Fenyes mansion in Pasadena in now a museum.
In June of 1905 the couple visited Inyo so that Adalbert could collect beetles--we all know how Inyo is a good place to find beetles, sometimes too many. Eva went up to the Bishop creek hydroelectric works and did picture of a moonshiners Cabin which appears to be made of stone.

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Hydroelectric Power Developments in Southern California
by Robert Charles Catren

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Bishop Creek Powerhouse No. 1
The Powerhouse that Never was Built
plant 1
Equalizing Reservoir showing proposed location of Plant No. 1




reservoir plant 1
Equalizing Reservoir - proposed Plant 1

reservoir plant 1
Equalizing Reservoir - proposed Plant 1

south lake dam
South Lake Dam construction - September 1910

south lake dam
South Lake Dam construction - September 1910

south lake dam
South Lake Dam construction - September 1910

south lake dam
South Lake Dam construction, putting in a new valve - September 1910

south lake
South Lake Dam Intake 5

south lake
South Lake Dam construction - September 1910
   

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Bishop Creek Hydroelectric Facilities and Operations
by Southern California Edison

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Bishop Creek Powerhouse No. 2
Lake Sabrina

plant 2
Bishop Creek Plant #2
Water from Hillside and No 1 Reservoirs flows down the natural stream bed to
Intake No.2, a balancing reservoir for operation of the Bishop Creek Plants.
From Intake No. 2, the water is supplied to Bishop Creek Plant #2 through 10,035'
of Redwood stave pipe and 2,646' of 48" steel pressure pipe.
Five power plants harnessed in tandem, utilize consecutively the waters of Bishop Creek
throughconnecting pipe lines and generate an aggregate of 43,520 horsepower,
developed under a combined head of 3,555'. The water is then returned,
undiminished, to the stream bed at the mouth of the canyon for irrigation.



transformer house 2
Bishop Creek Plant #2 - Transformer House


powerhouse 2
Bishop Creek Plant #2 - Powerhouse

plant 2

Bishop Creek Plant #2 - Powerhouse

plant 2

Interior Powerhouse #1 (Plant 2)

plant 2
Bishop Creek Plant #2 interior

plant 2 interior

Interior Powerhouse #1 (Plant 2)


powerhouse 1
Interior Powerhouse #1 (Plant 2)

plant 2

Interior Plant #2 showing two of the 2000 K.W. Generators


interior plant 2

Interior Plant #2

south lake

South Lake Caretakers quarters

plant #2

Bishop Creek Plant #2 from the Terrace

plant 2

General View Bishop Creek Plant #2



plant 2

Interiorview of the transformer house at Plant 2.
Showing part of the 7,000 K.W. step-up transformers.


plant 2
Bishop Creek Plant #2

road
On the road to the Bishop Creek Plants

plant 2
Bishop Creek Plant #2

mess hall and bunk house
Bishop Creek Mess Hall and Bunk House

intake plant 3

Bishop Creek Intake for Plant 3

intake 3 and plant 2

Bishop Creek Plant #2 and Intake for Plant 3

lake sabrina dam
Lake Sabrina Dam

lake sabrina
Lake Sabrina

haluling cement
Hauling cement

cooks camp
Cooks camp near Lake Sabrina

lake sabrina dam
Lake Sabrina Dam construction

lake sabrina dam
Lake Sabrina Dam construction

lake sabrina dam
Lake Sabrina Dam construction

cottages

Cottages at Bishop Creek Plant #2

lake sabrina dam
Lake Sabrina Dam
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

lake sabrina
Lake Sabrina Dam
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

lake sabrina

Lake Sabrina Dam
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

lake sabrina

Lake Sabrina Dam
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

lake sabrina

Lake Sabrina Dam
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

lake sabrina
Lake Sabrina Dam construction

hillside reservoir
Hillside Water Company - Lake Sabrina Reservoir/Dam - 1910

hillside
Hillside Water Company - Lake Sabrina Reservoir/Dam - 1910

hillside
Hillside Water Company - Lake Sabrina Reservoir/Dam - 1910

hillside
Hillside Water Company - Lake Sabrina Reservoir/Dam - 1910

bishop creek
Driving up to the Bishop Creek plants

dam construction
Dam construction at Bishop Creek Plant 2

road to bishop
The road to Bishop - U.S. 395

redwood stave
Constructing the Redwood Stave Pipe to Bishop Plant 2

redwood stave
Constructing the Redwood Stave Pipe to Bishop Plant 2

redwood stave
Completed Redwood Stave Pipe to Bishop Plant 2

lake sabrina
Lake Sabrina Dam construction

sabrina dam
Lake Sabrina Dam construction - 1907


sabrina dam

Lake Sabrina Dam construction - 1907

regulating dam
Regulating dam on the middle fork of Bishop Creek - 1906-07

lake sabrina
Lake Sabrina Dam construction

lake sabrina
Lake Sabrina Dam construction
   

pressure pipe line
Looking at the pressure pipe line at Powerhouse #1

street
Looking down the company's street at Powerhouse #1

snow cat
Snow-Cat in operation at South Lake

snow cat
Snow-Cat Loaded for transportation to the snow area.

snow cat
Snow-Cat in normal operation.

snow cat
Snow-Cat Plowing a drift of snow fluffy snow.

snow cat
Negoating a 45 degree incline and proceeding 100 feet on a 45 degree slope -
Road to Reservoir #1. Going to make emergency repairs after a tree fell on to a
line cutting off power and communications.

snow cat
Taking an emergency "flamo" to South Lake when winter supply to keep the manometer
tube from freezing was found to have leaked away.

snow cat
Making up load at Plant 2 for Weather Tower Installation at South Lake.
Approximately 1 ton load. Installation was made in one day.

car
Leonard Baxter's car on U.S. 395 just north of the McGee Creek
Maintenance Station - January, 1952

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Bishop Creek Powerhouse No. 3

plant 3
Bishop Creek Plant #3
From the forebay at the tail-race of Plant #2, water is supplied to Plant #3
through 13,029' of Redwood stave pipe and 4,361' of steel pressure
line. The pipe lines vary in diameter from 5' to 4' at the powerhouse.

This picture shows operators' cottages at the left and at the lower
right the forebay and intake for Plant #4.
plant 3
Bishop Creek Plant #3


plant 3
Bishop Creek Plant #3 under construction

plant 3
Bishop Creek Plant #3 under construction

plant 3
Powerhouse Bishop Creek Plant #3

plant 3 powerhouse
Powerhouse Bishop Creek Plant #3
plant 3
Powerhouse Bishop Creek Plant #3 - October 1913

steel pipe

Worker beside steel pipe for Bishop Creek Plant #3

interior plant 3
Interior Bishop Creek Plant #3 Powerhouse

plant 3 interior
Interior Bishop Creek Plant #3 Powerhouse
plant 3
Interior of Bishop Creek Plant #3 showing three - 2250 K.W. Generators

interior plant 3
Interior of Bishop Creek Plant #3
The generating equipment consists of three 4,000 horsepower, 300 RPM, impulse water
wheelsdirect-connected to three 2,800 Kv-a, 300 RPM, 2,200 volt alternating current generators.The switchboard equipment consists of five panels complete with oil circuit breaker, instruments, rheostats, etc. The control panel for the local light and power
circuits is of the safety panel type so that no live parts are accessible from the front of
the panel. The panel in the right foreground of the photograph is the control panel for
the motor-generator exciter set.

powerhouse #3

Interior of Bishop Creek Plant #3

switchboard plant 3

Switchboard at Plant #3
flow meter
G.E. flowmeter attached to #3 machine - Bishop Creek Plant #3

transmission line

View of the steel transmission line from Plant 3 to the Control Station on Bishop Creek.

plant 4

Bishop Creek Plant #3



intake for plant 4

Intake for Plant 4


intake
Intake for Plant 4

intake for plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant Intake for Plant 4
plant 3 powerhouse
Plant 3 Powerhouse
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)


plant #3
Bishop Creek Plant #3 outdoor transformer sub-station
Showing three - 2000 K.W. step-up transformers

 

intake plant 3
Bishop Creek Plant #3 Intake

plant 3
Aerial view Plant 3 Powerhouse complex
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)


plant 3 dwelling
Dwelling Bishop Creek Plant #3


bachelors quarters
Bachelor's Quarters - Bishop Creek Plant #3

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Bishop Creek Powerhouse No. 4

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4
From the intake at tail-race at Plant #3, water is supplied to Pant #4 through 7,026'
of Redwood stave pipe and two steel pressure pipe lines; one of 5,375' in length
and the other 5,675'. The pipes vary in diameter from 4.5' to 2.5' respectively.

Plant #4 is the operating headuarters of the Bishop Creek Plants, and here are located
a number of miscellaneous structures including operators' cottages, office building,
warehouse, garage and clubhouse.

Although named Plant No. 4, it was the first hydro plant built on Bishop Creek in 1923.

plant 4 interior
Bishop Creek Plant #4 interior
The generating equipment at Plant #4 consists of five water wheel-driven alternating
current generators having a combined capacity of 12,000 horsepower in water wheels
and 6,750 Kv-a, in generators.
Units 1 and 2 consist of 1,700 horsepower impulse water wheels direct-connected
to 750 Kv-1, alternating current generators. Unit 3 consists of a 3,000 horsepower
impulse water wheel direct-connected to a 1,750 Kv-a, alternating current
generator. Units 4 and 5 consist of a 2,850 horsepower impulse water wheels
direct-connected to 1,750 Kv-a, alternating current generators. Each unit is provided
with an oil pressure governor equipped for remote control quick shutdown, the
water being thrown off the water wheel by means of stream benders, deflectors,
or auxiliary nozzles. The auxiliary equipment includes three water wheel-driven
direct current exciters, two of which are also privided with induction motors.
The switchboard installation consists of a ten panel switchboard complete with
generator bus, oil circuit breakers, rheostats and instruments.

plant 4 interior
Bishop Creek Plant #4 interior

interior plant 4

Bishop Creek Plant 4 interior

plant 5 interior

Bishop Creek Plant 4 interior

switchboard

Switchboard Bishop Creek Plant #4

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 interior

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 interior

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 interior

plant 5

Bishop Creek Plant 4 interior

plant 4 interior
Bishop Creek Plant #4 interior

interior plant 4

Bishop Creek Plant #4 interior

rotating field
Rotating field 750 K.W., 450 RPM R. D. Type

rotating field
Rotating field 750 K.W., 450 RPM R. D. Type - Partially Wound showing nickel steel keys

plant 4
General view Bishop Creek Plant #4 and #5 Intake Dam


plant #4

Bishop Creek Plant #4

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 grounds

plant 4
General view Bishop Creek Plant #4 and #5 Intake Dam

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 under construction

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 under construction

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 under construction

wood stave flow
Wood Stave-Flow pipe construction for Bishop Creek Plant #4 - 1904

plant 4 powerhouse
Powerhouse - Bishop Creek Plant #4

ph 4

Bishop Creek Plant #4 grounds

steel pipe
Steel stave flow line

stand pipe erection
Stand pipe erection

stand pipe
Stand pipe erection

stand pipe
Joining wood stave pipe to steel stave pipe at stand pipe erection

valve
Steel pipe junction

stand pipe
Joining wood stave pipe to steel stave pipe at stand pipe erection

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 in the winter

plant 4
General view in the winter of Bishop Creek Plant #4 and #5 Intake Dam

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 canyon area

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 construction


plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 area

 

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 area

hauling generator
Colins & Young teamsters hauling armature to Bishop Creek Plant #4

hauling generator
1500 K.W. Allis-Chalmers Armature for Bishop Creek Plant #4

hauling armature
Colins & Young teamsters hauling armature from Laws SPNG RR depot to Bishop Creek Plant #4

ponderance generator
Colins & Young teamsters hauling armature from Laws SPNG RR depot to Bishop Creek Plant #4 - 1905

hauling armature
Colins & Young teamsters hauling armature to Bishop Creek Plant #4

queen

Bishop Creek Plant #4 - Miss May Grandquist
"Queen" Inyo County Festival and Plant 4 resident


plant 4 clubhouse

Bishop Creek Plant #4 Clubhouse

plant 4 clubhouse
Bishop Creek Plant #4 Clubhouse

plant 4
Bishop Creek Plant #4 grounds and clubhouse (upper left)

operator quarters
Bishop Creek Plant #4 Operator's Quarters
Married employees are provided with comfortable cottages as at the other plants.
A combined boarding house and clubhouse is maintained for single employees,
visiting officials and guests.
switch house
Switch house and lightning arrester at Plant #4

residential complex
Plant 4 residential complex
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

residential complex
Plant 4 residential complex
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)



plant 2

Winter view from Bishop Creek Plant #4 towards Owens Valley from the clubhouse.

plant 4 view
View from Bishop Creek Plant #4 towards Owens Valley

operators cottage
Operator's cottage at Bishop Creek Plant #4

plant 4 cottage
Cottage at Bishop Creek Plant #4

school house
Frame School at Bishop Creek Plant #4

blacksmith
Machine and Blacksmith shop at Bishop Creek Plant #4

oil shed
Oil Shed at Bishop Creek Plant #4

warehouse
Office and Warehouse at Bishop Creek Plant #4

standing pipe
Replacing a standing pipe at Plant 4

standing pipe
Replacing a standing pipe at Plant 4

standing pipe
Replacing a standing pipe at Plant 4

standing pipe
Replacing a standing pipe at Plant 4
standing pipe
Replacing a standing pipe at Plant 4

standing pipe
Replacing a standing pipe at Plant 4

supervisors
Dredging supervisors L/R: Mike Zuvella and Billy Young

snow catcher
A "Snow Catcher"


dredging
Dredging Intake #4

dredging
Dredging Intake #4

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Bishop Creek Powerhouse No. 5

plant 5
Bishop Creek Plant #5
Water from the forebay at Plant #4 is delivered to Plant #5 through 3,470' of wood
stave pipeline and 2 steel pressure pipe lines, one 4,840' in length and the other 4,878'
in length. The pipes vary in diameter from 5' to 3.5' at the power house.
The generating equipment consists of one horizontal impulse water wheel and one
single discharge horizontal turbine with a combined capacity of 5,700 horsepower
direct-connected to two alternating current generators with combined
capacity of 3,545 Kv-a.
plant 5
Hauling a piece of equipment to Bishop Creek Plant #5


plant 5
General view Bishop Creek Plant #5

interior plant 5
Interior Bishop Creek Plant #5 showing Exciter and Water Wheels for
1500 K.W. Generator

interior 5
Interior Bishop Creek Plant #5

interior 5
Interior Bishop Creek Plant #5

plant 5
Plant 5 Powerhouse looking up the northeast tailrace
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

plant 5
East end of Plant 5 and east tailrace
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

intake dam for plant 6
Intake Dam for Plant 6

plant 5
Plant 5 Powerhouse

plant 5
Plant 5 Powerhouse

substation
Bishop Creek Plant 5 Substation

plant 5
Bishop Creek Plant #5

interior
Interior Plant #5

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Bishop Creek Powerhouse No. 6




plant 6
Bishop Creek Plant #6
Water from the forebay at Plant #5 is supplied to Plant #6 through 3,000' of wood stave
pipe and 4,360 feet of steel pressure pipeline. The wood stave pipe is 5' in diameter
and the steel pipe is 4.5' in diameter.
The generating equipment consists of a double runner impulse water wheel with
a capacity of 2,850 horsepower direct-connected to an alternating current
generator with a capacity of 2,220 Kv-a.
The substation located at Plant #6 includes high voltage switching equipment
in addition to the bank of 750 Kv-a transformers. The distribution substation
supplying the towns of Bishop and Big Pine is also located at Bishop Creek Plant #6.

plant 6
East side Plant 6 Powerhouse and Tailrace
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)


plant 6
Bishop Creek Plant #6
wood stave pipe
60" wood stave pipe for Bishop Creek Plant #6
plant 6 transformers
Bishop Creek Plant #6 outdoor transformers.

steel pipe
54" steel pipe leading to Bishop Creek Plant #6

substation
Bishop Creek Plant #6 substation

substation
Bishop Creek Plant #6 substation

plant 6

General view of the Bishop Creek Plant #6 powerhouse and outdoor transformers.

plant 6
General view of the Bishop Creek Plant #6 powerhouse and outdoor transformers.

plant 6

General view of the Bishop Creek Plant #6 powerhouse and outdoor transformers.

plant 6
Bishop Creek Plant #6 interior

interor plant 6

Interior Bishop Creek Plant #6 showing governing devices and partial view of
water wheels and generator.


pelton wheel

Interior Bishop Creek Plant #6
2000 K-va generator, showing safety guard about the rotor

plant 6 intake
Intake Bishop Creek Plant #6

plant 6
Intake Bishop Creek Plant #6

long valley

Fobes 40 Ranch - Transformer at location ready for hanging - March 1952

long valley

Pulling a transformer on a toboggan to Fobes 40 Long Valley Ranch - March 1952
L/R: Cliff Jones, Howard Lambert, Rodney Montrose, Ed Johnson, Ray Humphrey



transmission lines
Situated on Bishop Creek near Plant #6, here practically all of the power generated
at the hydro-electric plants on Bishop Creek, Rush Creek, Leevining Creek and in Owens
River Gorge, is pooled for distribution to Nevada, Southern California, and for resale in
Arizona and Lower California.
From this station two outgoing 55,000 volt transmissioin lines supply the Nevada District;
and the 238 mile double circuit, three phase, 130,000 volt steel tower transmission
line extended to the main sutsbation of the Southern Sierras Power Company
at San Bernardino.
The Control Station is the headquarters of the Superintendent of Transmission.
transmission towers
This transmission line, connecting Control Station, Bishop Creek, with the San Bernardino Substation, is a 140,000 volt two-circuit steel tower line 238 miles in length.
The towers are 70' in height and are spaced eight to the mile, and vary in weight from
3,700 pounds for standard suspension towers to 11,400 pounds for Santa Fe Railroad
crossing towers.

snow storm

Snow storm at the Control Station near Bishop Creek Plant #6
constrol station office
Control Station office near Bishop Creek Plant #6

wishbone tower
Wishbone transmission tower between Bishop Creek Plant #6 and the Control Station

transformers

Near view of outdoor transformers at Bishop Creek Plant #6

raising a pole
Manually erecting a transmission tower pole.

control station

Control Station near Bishop Creek Plant #6

Bishop transmission lines
Bishop transmission line


office

Office and Switch Station

control station
Control Station

water tank

Control Station garage and water tank

dwelling
Control Station dwelling


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Big Pine Creek Powerhouse
Big Pine Creek

big pine
Big Pine Powerhouse
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

big pine
Big Pine Powerhouse and transformer
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

towers
Angle and Transposition transmission towers near Independence, CA - October 1913
 

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Cottonwood Powerhouse
Cottonwood Creek

side guys
Installing side guys on tower near Lone Pine - 1952
side guys
Installing side guys on tower near Lone Pine - 1952
   

cottonwood
Cottonwood Power Plant looking east
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

cottonwood
Overhaul of Pelton Wheel, Westinghouse Generator, 750KW, 2300 volts,
137 Amps, 600 RPM
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)



cottonwood
Cottonwood Generator Floor Looking West
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

cottonwood
Cottonwood Power Plant looking east
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

cottonwood
Cottonwood Power Plant Control Panel
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

cottonwood
Cottonwood Creek Overhead Looking South
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

cottonwood
Settling Pond, Intake and Raceway for Cottonwood Power Plant
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)


cottonwood
Cottonwood Power Plant South Wall - Looking West
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

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Haiwee Powerhouse
Los Angeles Aqueduct - Haiwee Reservoir

haiwee
Haiwee Power Plant Transmission Lines
(Photo courtesy Digital Public Library)

haiwee
Haiwee Power Plant
Step up transformers in Foreground, Surge Tank at To of Ridge
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)



haiwee
Haiwee Power House
Bypass Channel in the Foreground, Looking Northwest
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

haiwee
Generator Floor Looking Northwest, GE AC Generator 306/368 AMP
375 RPM, 60/50 Cycles, 2300KW
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

haiwee
Disconnect alley, Referring to the switches on the left.
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

haiwee
Governor and speed control mechanisms tank
At left an accumulator ttank which stores air pressure
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

haiwee
Slate mounted control board
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

haiwee
Control room on the control floor
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

haiwee
Haiwee Power Plant floor looking east
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

haiwee
Backside of the circuit control board to the disconnect alley
Exciter unit, rheostats form big circular units
(Photo and text courtest Library of Congress)

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Transmission Lines

pole yard
Wood transmission poles in the Mojave Desert "Pole Yard"

pole yard
Wood transmission poles in the Mojave Desert "Pole Yard"


pole yard
Wood transmission poles in the Mojave Desert "Pole Yard"

pole yard
Wood transmission poles in the Mojave Desert "Pole Yard"

pole yard
Wood transmission poles in the Mojave Desert "Pole Yard"

pole yard

Wood transmission poles in the Mojave Desert "Pole Yard"

hauling poles
When the truck breaks down - revert to mule power


transporting poles
Crew quarters on the desert - stuck in the sand after a flash flood

hauling poles
Hauling transmission poles in the desert

transmission wire

Coils of transmission wire

transmission lines

Erecting wood transmission towers in Owens Valley

transmission lines
Silver Lake power lines in Owens Valley


transmission lines
Erecting wood transmission towers in Owens Valley

casa diablo substation
Casa Diablo Substation near Mammoth
erecting transmission towers
Erecting wood transmission towers in the Mojave Desert


transmission line

Steel transmission towers in the Mojave Desert

tower
Erecting steel transmission towers in the Rose Valley

tower
Erecting steel transmission towers in the Rose Valley
tower
Erecting steel transmission towers in the Rose Valley

tower
Erecting steel transmission towers in the Rose Valley

inspecting
Inspecting the transmission towers on the Mojave Desert

extending
Making an extension to one of the steel transmission towers
Note the block and tackle method of raising the extension.

tower in wind storm
General view of tower in a windstorm showing strain on the insulators.
lone pine sub station
Lone Pine Sub-Station

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San Bernardino Power Distribution Center


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 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, shown on the right; 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.




switching yard
Main switching yard as seen from the steam plant in San Bernardino

southern sierras
Southern Sierras Power Company headquarters in San Bernardino

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