Don's Utility Pole Pages

Welcome to my utility poles pages! Yes, I realize this type of thing might seem strange to the average person; but those who know me won't find that I've done this to be strange at all! I have had a bizarre fascination with utility poles as far back as I can remember. I used to make up scenarios and draw them out – I could often be found with my pad of paper, a ruler and a pencil. Though I rarely draw them now, my fascination has never waned. I've driven many miles over the years to follow wires from their beginning to their end and have even mapped out the power grid when I could.

In State College, Pa., where I lived in the late 1980s, I found it interesting that the electric utility, West Penn Power Company, names and marks most everything, from the substations to the interconnections (also referred to as "junctions") on transmission lines – even the distribution lines get names based on the neighborhood they serve. The utility puts nameplates on the poles near the circuit breakers designating where the lines go to or come from. I would follow a set of lines to find out where "Brush Junction" was, or to find "Scotia Road Substation."

If you think it's unusual for someone to take pictures of utility poles, think again! The inspiration for creating my own utility poles gallery came from The Unofficial Utility Pole Page by John Lund.


Main
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Ohio
page 1
(2003)

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Ohio
page 2
(2008)

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Ohio
page 3
(2008)

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Illinois
page 1
(2008)

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Illinois
page 2
(2008)

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Ashtabula County
Map

©DonDesigns 2008
19 October 2008

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