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Electric Generation Plant

This first part is taken from the Hoisington Centennial publication.

Mr. J.E. Sponsellar was granted a 20 year franchise for electric light system for Hoisington on Monday night, March 14, 1903. Arc lights, which were first used, consisted of carbon set perpendicular under a reflector. When the current was turned on the two carbons glowed where they touched and after jumping back and forth for several moments held their position and produced a glaring white light. These replaced oil burning lamp posts.

The franchise was to furnish the lights at 75 cents a month for less than four lights and 50 cents a month each for four or more lights. Arc lights for the streets were $5.00 per month; if lights were burned all night, ½ more was charged.

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In November 1905, when Great Bend was destroyed by a tornado, an emergency power plant was built in Hoisington. The Hoisington Light and Power Company transmission line to Otis was completed and the “juice” was turned on for the first time on Monday, August 8, 1921. Galatia held an election in September 1921 to vote on bonds to run transmission line to their town.
In August 1925, the Hoisington Electric and Ice Company worked on building a new high power transmission line from Great Bend to Hoisington.

The Hoisington Municipal Light Plant was voted on in May 1935; the vote carried favorably. In December of the same year, the Champlin Contracting Company Of Wichita was awarded the contract for the construction of the construction of the municipal electric power plant, which will be located at 164 South Elm.

The engines at the power plant started in July 1938. The City laid cable for the lights on Main Street. When the work was finished, they connected it to the power plant.

Currently the City of Hoisington’s Electrical Generation Department is responsible for the electrical power requirements for the City and customers in our electrical distribution area. These power requirements are provided from City owned and operated electrical generation units and from a 12.47 kilovolt interconnect with Sunflower Electric Cooperative which is divided into several smaller coops of which we fall under Western Cooperative Electric. The City's Generation Plant is operated and maintained by 3 full time employees, which take care of 4 generating units and all auxiliary equipment.

          #2-Caterpillar rated @ 1135kw (1770hp)
          #6-Worthington rated @ 2000kw (2807hp)
          #7-Worthington rated @ 3750kw (5528hp)

          #8-Enterprize rated @7000kw (9628hp)

The City's ability to generate its own power is also necessary and a very valuable asset when the city is disconnected from the electrical grid due to emergency situations, bad weather, or maintenance repairs.

For Electrical Generation
Information Contact:

Hoisington Power Plant

 PO Box 418
164 S. Elm
Hoisington, KS 67544
For after hours electrical 
assistance call:

City of Hoisington - 109 E. First St. - P.O. Box 418 - Hoisington, KS 67544 - Ph:620.653.4125 - Fx:620.653.2767