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Apr 09

Morro Bay Power Plant parts on parade

INCHING THROUGH MORRO BAY... The huge generator stator, aboard its 82-tire trailer, touched state highway 1 for the last time as it crossed the coast route at Sixth street in Morro Bay yesterday afternoon. As workmen tediously continued to pick up and put down planks under the 220-ton load, Beyla Truck company's big truck tractor inched the steel giant closer to its destination, the PG&E power plant opposite Morro rock. Curious groups of Morro Bay residents lined the path of the heavy equipment as it approached a short but steep hill leading down to the waterfront level where Bechtel corporation is building the power plant. Three large trucks and a heavy winch unit later were used to anchor and ease the load down the grade. It was delivered safely, without mishap last night after an eight-day move from Camp San Luis Obispo's railroad siding. (©T-T photo) published December 24, 1954

Happy Jack’s bar is at the left as workers use poles to keep the equipment from snagging on utility lines.

The explosive growth in California after World War II put a strain on utilities to keep up with demand. The power plant in Morro Bay was one of several new electric generation facilities that PG&E built during the era. According to Encyclopedia Britannica the stator is a cylindrical ring of iron providing a path for magnetic flux. The rotor turns inside generating electric power.

In other news, a 25-foot tall Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn was vandalized. Mischief makers stole lights and globes overnight and the superintendent of parks got a phone call describing the miscreants. He turned the information over to the police.

Members of the San Luis Obispo Fireman’s Association played Santa by delivering repaired toys to 176 underprivileged children. A year long toy drive gathered toys that needed a new coat of paint or a new wheel. This was a decades long tradition until toys became so breakable that repair was no longer an option.

The Arroyo Grande city council dropped plans to accept an ambulance offered to the city by a former mayor. The 1936 vehicle had low mileage but the cost of outfitting the unit with modern equipment was estimated at over $3,000 and that did not include staffing and training. The era of making due with less was ending.

It was official, the the year in review story declared the communists lost in Indochina, an agreement in Geneva ended that conflict.

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