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Port Washington centennial, 1835 - 1935 : one hundred years of progress

The Port Washington power plant,   pp. 27-30

Page 28

Plant Site and Harbo
The first shovel of earth at the new power
plant site was turned May 26, 1930. On the same
day work was also started on grading for a spur
track from the Company's Milwaukee Northern
Division railway line into the plant property. Later
in the same year the federal government gave its
approval of the Company's plans for widening the
harbor and establishing a large coal dock on land
to be extended into the lake. This removed the
final obstacle to the construction work as planned.
and automatically provided a place for depositing
the earth from the plant excavation.
Removal of the huge hill to make room for
plant building, widening of the harbor, building the
dock, placing the concrete building foundations,
constructing the tunnels, erecting the buildings,
installing the equipment; building the substation
and constructing the transmission line to Saukville
Breaking Ground for Port Wasi
r E
ntrance May 26, 1930
followed in due course.
Construction of the power plant led to further
improvement of the harbor by the United States
government. The fact that many large vessels
would enter the port each year with coal for the
power plant carried great weight in obtaining the
breakwater, which is now in place. The present
unit of the power plant was constructed and equip-
ped at a cost of approximately $7,500,000. Its de-
sign permits of progressive enlargement as the need
for more power develops.
The power plant as it stands today, is a master-
piece of engineering skill, and a wonderful tribute
to those officials who were responsible for its reali-
zation. It took courage to undertake such an enor-
mous project in the face of uncertain conditions
that have prevailed.
rton Power Plant May 26, 1930

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