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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 20, 1922

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Jan. 20, 1922

MEDFORD CENTER OF NEW POWER LINE — CAL.-OREGON WILL BUILD TO EUGENE

Local Company Announces Deal of Supreme Importance to Southern Oregon — Start Construction at Once on 115-Mile, 110,000-Volt Line from Prospect.

The California-Oregon Power company announces that it has entered into an interconnection contract to supply power to the Mountain States Power company for a period of 30 years, which power is to be used throughout the rich and fertile Willamette valley.

In order to supply this power, the California-Oregon Power company will construct a 115-mile high tension transmission line of 110,000-volt construction which will extend from the Prospect plant of the company through the Rogue river and Umpqua valley into the upper Willamette valley where it will connect with the transmission system of the Mountain States Power company at Eugene, Oregon.

This project stands out as one of the most important power developments of recent times, as it will close the last gap of the longest interconnected power transmission system in the world, extending from northern Oregon to the Mexican border.

Construction Work to Begin at Once

General Manager Paul B. McKee announces that plans are being prepared and that the construction of this power line will begin immediately. A number of construction crews will be started in the field at once, as it is planned to complete the work this year. The 115-mile transmission line will have a capacity of 25,000 horse power. Although of 110,000-volt construction, the line at first will be operated at 66,000 volts and will connect at Eugene with the 60,000-volt line of the Mountain States Power company.

Of Much Benefit to Local Territory

This marks the first step in the major hydroelectric development of the California-Oregon Power company at Prospect, on the Rogue river. The new contract will facilitate and enable the development of the company’s large power resources there, thus incurring a supply of dependable power ample to take care of the future needs of the Rogue river valley and all of southern Oregon in advance of such needs. In other words, the Rogue river valley will have the benefit of hydroelectric development in advance of the need for power.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com