New River Light & Power History Scrapbook

Title

New River Light & Power History Scrapbook

Description

This scrapbook documents the history of New River Light & Power (NRLP) through historical documents and photos.

Blanford Barnard and Dauphin Disco Dougherty established the New River Light and Power Company in 1915 to provide hydroelectric power to Appalachian Training School and the local community. On March 23, 1923, a fire destroyed the power plant and machinery. The structure was repaired and resumed operation on July 12, 1923. On October 30, 1924 a new power plant with a 26 foot concrete dam located on the Middle Fork of the New River began operation. The complex was located three miles outside of Boone near the Old Blowing Rock Road at Devil's Gate. This power plant remained in operation through 1972. In 1972, NRLP stopped generating power and started bringing in electricity exclusively from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

Subject

New River Light and Power (Boone, N.C.)
Hydroelectric power plants--North Carolina

Creator

New River Light & Power

Date

1915-2012

Rights

All rights are retained by New River Light & Power.

Language

English

Type

Text
Image

Identifier

NewRiver_A

Spatial Coverage

Boone, N.C.

Number of pages

145 pages

Citation

New River Light & Power, “New River Light & Power History Scrapbook,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed June 16, 2019, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/33657.