Monday, November 13, 2017

Wallace Power Station across from Peoria, IL

(HistorySatellite, there were several comments about it being blown up, including that it was done at 6:00am and that it was cold, but no one mentioned the date! According to Historic Aerials, it was blown away between 1995 and 1998; and the Walmart Supercenter building was built by 1998, but the parking lot area still had coal.)

Larry Mill III shared Ken Christianson's post
Wallace Power station opposite downtown Peoria. Rows of coal cars behind are on the TP&W lines leading up to their bridge. Just beyond them is the IT East Peoria yards.
I wonder why there was four stacks but five cooling water intakes. (I assume they are intakes instead of outlets because it looks like they have a sluice gate inside.) Since these structures are not in the way of redevelopment they left them because it wasn't worth the cost of removal. But they strike me as a memorial to the power plant that once was here.
I included the TP&W and IT tracks in this aerial excerpt. I count just three smokestacks. The plumes must be hiding the fourth stack. One of the plumes is clean, one is dirty, and it is hard to tell about the other plumes. The fifth unit in the photo on the east side was obviously built after 1938.
1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
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(new window)  They didn't get all of the coal dust cleaned out. The resultant dust cloud was black instead of gray.

The Cuba and Fiatt Mines used to supply Wallace Power Station. There were other suppliers, but I have yet to absorb all of the information in this post.

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