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Near Louisa in Lawrence County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Giant Cooling Tower

 
 
Giant Cooling Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 13, 2019
1. Giant Cooling Tower Marker
Inscription.  Completion of this tower in 1962 was a historic event. First of its kind in Western Hemisphere and the largest capacity of any single tower in the world when it was built. The concrete, natural draft, hyperbolic structure cools 120,000 gallons water per minute for steam condensing. Its height is 320 feet and diameters 245 at base, 130 at neck and 139 at top.
 
Erected 1965 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 887.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 10.38′ N, 82° 37.25′ W. Marker is near Louisa, Kentucky, in Lawrence County. Marker is on U.S. 23 1.4 miles north of State Route 3398, on the right when traveling north. Located at Big Sandy Station, AEP Kentucky Power. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisa KY 41230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vancouver’s Fort (approx. 4.1 miles away); County Named, 1821
View of Giant Cooling Tower and marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 13, 2019
2. View of Giant Cooling Tower and marker.
The Big Sandy plant demolished a second, 370-foot-tall tower, that was part of Unit 2, which had started operating in 1969. The tower cooled 248,000 gallons of water a minute from the Big Sandy River to use in the process of generating electricity. Kentucky Power, a unit of American Electric Power, shut down Unit 2 in May 2015 in order to comply with tougher emissions rules aimed at improving air quality. It continues to use this companion cooling tower at Unit 1. Kentucky Power converted that unit to use natural gas, which burns more cleanly than coal.
(approx. 4.1 miles away); Frederick M. Vinson (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fort Gay (approx. 4.1 miles away in West Virginia); The Fort Gay Lock and Dam (approx. 4.1 miles away in West Virginia); Fort Gay Toll Bridge (approx. 4.2 miles away in West Virginia); Revolutionary War Soldier's Grave (approx. 4.2 miles away in West Virginia); Fort Bishop (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisa.
 
View of marker and transmission transformers station. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 13, 2019
3. View of marker and transmission transformers station.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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