A view of the water cooling pond of the Lykens Power Plant of the Lykens Valley Coal Company, Short Mountain Colliery, Bear Gap, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, about 15 June 1922, when the plant was in operation. Hot water was sprayed into the pond where it cooled. The cooled water was then recycled back through the power plant.
The two chimneys of the power plant are seen at center view. The photo was taken looking north into the gap. Short Mountain rises to the left (west), Big Lick Mountain rises to the right (east), and beyond the chimneys of the power plant is Coal or Thick Mountain.
The power plant was constructed to save money on power generation and when completed provided a cheaper and more efficient form of power for the colliery. In addition, surplus electricity was provided to the Williamstown collieries, and for Lykens Borough and the town of Wiconisco.
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