Dawson Public Power's first pole setting. The Crawford Electric Co. of North Platte was hired to construct the new line on Nov. 18, 1939.
The Dawson Public Power District will host an open house on Thursday, May 4 from 4–7 p.m. at the district’s headquarters in Lexington, just south of the Platte River.The address is 75191 Road 433.
The event will highlight Dawson PPD’s 80 years of service, with the burial of a time capsule. The time capsule will be placed in a junction box -- a piece of electrical equipment typically containing electric wires -- and will be sealed until the District’s 100th anniversary in 2037.
Other event activities include a free pulled pork sandwich meal, bucket truck rides, facility tours and an electrical safety demonstration.
The open house is co-hosted with the Lexington Chamber of Commerce as a business after hours event.
Dawson Public Power District is a Nebraska rural electric utility system that serves south central Nebraska along the Platte River Valley.
Organized in 1937, Dawson PPD provides service to more than 23,000 electric meters and maintains over 5,800 miles of power lines. The district’s 5,000 square mile territory includes all of the rural areas in Dawson and Buffalo Counties, approximately two-thirds of Gosper County, a third of Lincoln County and parts of Custer, Sherman and Frontier Counties.
Dawson PPD also serves several villages including Hershey, Maxwell, Brady, Farnam, Eustis, Elwood, Eddyville, Smithfield, Overton, Sumner, Miller, Riverdale, Amherst, Odessa and Pleasanton. To learn more, visit www.DawsonPower.com.