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Abbeville Hydroelectric Power Plant, State Highway 284 & County Road 72, Rocky River (historical), Abbeville County, SC



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Location
State Highway 284 & County Road 72, Rocky River (historical), SC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER SC-5
Building/structure dates: 1933 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1946 subsequent work
Significance: J. Roy Pennell acquired property and began construction of the multiple arch reinforced concrete dam in 1933. Pennell abandoned the project in 1935 and it was completed by the City of Abbeville with Public Works Administration funds in 1940. The two original S. Morgan Smith hydro turbines are still in operation. In 1946 the plant was enlarged and a Bush Sulzer diesel engine acquired to provide auxiliary power. The facility remains in operation today.

Subjects
Civil Engineering
Power Industry
Brick Buildings


Related Names
Abbeville Water & Electric Plant Company
Pennell, James Roy
White, W. H.
Abbeville Power Company Incorporated
D.M. Rickenbacker Construction Company
Townsend, C. P.
O'Kain, Dennis, Photographer
Johnson, John P., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Secession Lake dam: aerial view of intake gates and road bed, from lake
2. Secession Lake dam: general aerial view from lake towards dam
3. Secession Lake dam: aerial view from lake looking towards dam
4. Secession Lake dam: aerial view of intake gates, road and dam
5. Secession Lake dam: general view towards west showing intake gates
6. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: aerial view of dam and power house from downstream
7. Secession Lake dam: intake gates on top of dam looking west
8. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: general aerial view of dam and power house
9. Secession Lake dam: aerial view of spillway from lake
10. Secession Lake dam: aerial view of spillway
11. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: generator floor east elevation
12. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: generator floor unit number two with governor and compressor.
13. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: generator floor unit number one, foreground; number two in background
14. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: general floor unit number two
15. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: governor compressor with number two detail
16. Abbeville hydroelectric plant - Rocky River project: northwest perspective showing switching panel and diesel generator to west
17. DAM CONSTRUCTION
18. POURING CEMENT FOR DAM
19. FRAMEWORK FOR DAM CONSTRUCTION
20. FILLING IN LAKE SIDE OF DAM, AFTER CONSTRUCTION
21. LAKE SIDE OF DAM, SHOWING INTAKE PANELS
22. POWER PLANT FOUNDATION
23. INTAKE CHAMBERS
24. POWER PLANT FOUNDATION
25. POWER PLANT FOUNDATION
26. POWER PLANT, FIRST FLOOR
27. POWER PLANT, FIRST FLOOR
28. POWER PLANT, FIRST FLOOR
29. POWER PLANT NEARLY COMPLETE, SURGE TANK ON LEFT
30. POWER PLANT NEARLY COMPLETE, SURGE TANK ON LEFT
31. FLOOD OF SITE DURING CONSTRUCTION
32. FLOOD OF SITE DURING CONSTRUCTION
33. POWER PLANT INTERIOR, GENERATOR INSTALLATION
34. POWER PLANT INTERIOR, GENERATOR INSTALLATION
35. TRANSFORMERS


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