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Illustration 2: Minidoka Project in 1911, showing Main Transmission Lines.

Illustration 2: Minidoka Project in 1911, showing Main Transmission Lines. Originally published in Electrical World, Dec. 30, 1911. Reproduced in “Minidoka Dam, Powerplant, and South Side Pump Division” by Fraserdesign and Hess Roise, 2002, page 83.(Originally published in Electrical World, Dec. 30, 1911.)

Questions for Illustration 2

1) Locate the Snake River in Illustration 2. Then find Minidoka Powerplant (called 'Power House' on this drawing). Trace the course of Transmission Line A, which begins at the powerplant and generally follows the Main North Side Canal and the Southwestern Railroad line. Where does it go? What purpose do you think it served? Why were the substations located in the towns? (Refer to Reading 2 if necessary)

2) Trace the course of Transmission Line B. Where does it go? What purpose did it serve? (Refer to Reading 1 if necessary)

3) Look for the Pumping Lift Stations. Where are they in relation to the transmission line and the canals? Why does this relationship exist? (Refer to Reading 1 if necessary)

4) Can you find any evidence of electricity going to farmers living outside the towns on this map? Why do you think that might be the case? (Refer to Reading 2 if necessary)



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