A Powerful History – SWEPCO Celebrates a Century of Service June 29, 2012

From the release:

“The original Southwestern Gas and Electric Company was the product of a merger between three utilities – Shreveport Gas, Electric Light and Power Company, Caddo Gas and Oil Company, and Texarkana Gas and Electric Company. These utilities were owned by a trio of brothers – Rufus, Henry and Charles Dawes, and in 1912 they consolidated their holdings into one company and Southwestern was born on June 29.

The company got out of the gas business in 1928. But through the 1930s and early 1940s, Southwestern was involved in other operations such as ice, water and streetcars, before divesting of these interests in the late 1940s.

Southwestern’s service territory continued to expand, and the company’s original power plant units, including the 10,000-kilowatt (KW) “giant” of its day, Arsenal Hill in Louisiana, were inadequate to meet the growing need. Southwestern built natural gas-fired plants and added multiple generating units in various locations in the 1940s and 1950s, including Knox Lee Power Plant on Cherokee Lake near Longview, Tex,; and the Lieberman Power Plant on Caddo Lake at Mooringsport, La.”

Read the full release here.

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