First REA Project in Kansas

First REA Project in Kansas (HM17BT)

Location: Horton, KS 66439 Brown County
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N 39° 40.027', W 95° 31.176'

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At this site the first power pole for the Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative was dedicated in special ceremony on November 10, 1937. Brown-Atchison was the first rural electric project to energize in Kansas financed by loan funds from the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). On April 1, 1938, central-station electricity generated at the Horton Power Plant was sent into the first section of lines to farms in Brown and Atchison counties, signaling an end to darkness and drudgery for rural people. Thirty-eight other electric cooperatives followed in Kansas to deliver the wonders of electricity into every rural area of the state. Rural electrification became known as the best "hired hand" the farmer/rancher could have. Few other occurrences have impacted so positively on rural areas as has the rural electrification program.

This marker is dedicated to all the rural electric cooperative pioneers in Kansas who proved that working together for their own and the common good, produces a better life for themselves and their neighbors.
HM NumberHM17BT
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Marker Number111
Year Placed1987
Placed ByKansas Electric Cooperatives and Kansas State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 6:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 283873 N 4393845
Decimal Degrees39.66711667, -95.51960000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 40.027', W 95° 31.176'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 40' 1.62" N, 95° 31' 10.56" W
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Area Code(s)785, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11320 5th Ave E, Horton KS 66439, US
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