A view of the site preparation for the construction of the Lykens Power Plant of the Lykens Valley Coal Company, Short Mountain Colliery, Bear Gap, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, September 1919. Short Mountain rises behind the power plant site (at left), and in the distance (center right in photo) is Coal or Thick Mountain.
The men in the photo have not been identified. This is one of the earliest known construction photos of the power plant.
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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