The Community Responds
the new hydroelectric dams made their way into the mountains of
North Carolina the community responded with enthusiasm for the
project. Newspaper articles celebrated the openings of the dams
while community members were writing editorials in support of
the electrification of the mountains. At the same time, homeowners
were writing to the company in hopes of receiving electricity
in their homes.
Some of these homeowners had to go to
great lengths to receive power into their homes, if the company
was not already providing service to their area. Individuals who
wanted the power lines extended into their homes had to seek out
other homeowners within their community that also wanted electricity.
These neighbors would then join forces to pay for the costs of
the extension. This included obtaining right-of-way from anyone
whose land would be crossed with the power line, purchasing the
poles, and having the poles set in the ground. The company would
not extend the line unless a profit was possible. For this to
be achieved many customers in an area had to be interested. If not, the customers
had to pay a high coverage cost.
This was an endeavor that many were
willing to take. However, it seems to imply that at first only
those who could afford these costs could enjoy the extravagancy
of electricity. Much of the initial interest was from inn owners
and people with summer homes in the mountains.
© Western Carolina University
NOTICE: WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS The
digitalized exhibit ìWatts in The Mountains: Rural Electrification in Western
North Carolinaî is the sole property of Western Carolina University. As such,
all materials presented in this exhibit are protected under the current law
of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) that governs the making of copies
or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Fair use under the law permits
reproduction of single copies for private study or research. Further transmission,
reproduction, or presentation of protected items without the written permission
of the copyright owners is forbidden This institution reserves the right to
refuse any additional copying petitions if, in its judgments, fulfillment
of the request would involve violation of the copyright law.