Horton in Brown County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
"Four Horsemen of the Lines"
Unquestionably the most widely published photograph in rural electrification history captures high drama and momentum as the last miles of line are pulled only the day before energization for the Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. Horton, Kansas on March 31, 1938.
Crew members on the truck were local farmers hired by a Kansas City, Missouri contractor; wages earned by the farmer-linemen went to wire their farm homes.
Crew from left to right:
Lind Jacobson, Junior Adams, Elmer Krebs and Karl Jacobson, all destined to become legend as rural electrification's "Four Horsemen of the Lines".
Erected by Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative Association, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Rural Electrification 💡 series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1913.
Location. 39° 40.262′ N, 95° 31.625′ W. Marker is in Horton, Kansas, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Avenue (U.S. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1712 Central Avenue, Horton KS 66439, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First REA Project in Kansas (approx. half a mile away); Horton Civic Center (approx. 0.8 miles away); School Bell - 1886 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Honnell - Means Honor Garden (approx. 5˝ miles away); Everest Honor Garden (approx. 5˝ miles away); Everest 125th Anniversary (approx. 5˝ miles away); Prairie Flower Garden (approx. 5˝ miles away); The Founders of Everest (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Horton.
Also see . . . Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (Submitted on March 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.