Matt Weldon

Matt Weldon

Posted on 01/22/2016

Photo taken on December 12, 2012

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Old City Light and Power, Indiana Michigan Power Utility Pole

Old City Light and Power, Indiana Michigan Power Utility Pole
Alley between California Ave and Alabama Ave north of Vermont Ave, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A shot of an old City Light and Power, Indiana Michigan Power utility pole in the neighborhood of Northside in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sections of Northside and small sections of Spy Run were the last two neighborhoods in Fort Wayne to have some of the old CL&P/I&M poles still up in service. Sadly, upgrades to these poles happen about two years ago and is all now just a single circuit line.

This shot shows a CD 218 Hemingray-660 glass insulator.

Before March 1, 1975 the top two crossarms would of been I&M while the bottom two CL&P. After that date, I&M leased from CL&P for 35 years until on February 28, 2010, I&M would eventually become the exclusive electric service provider for Fort Wayne.

Power Lines, David Dahle, Jesse Lor have particularly liked this photo

David Dahle
David Dahle
Looks like the porcelain pieces on the top arm are both Lapp - especially the right-hand one (a lot of older Lapp was consistently that color). The City Light arms look to have had Porcelain Products insulators based on the shape as I had one like on the primary arm and have one like the ones on the secondary arm.
19 months ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to David Dahle
Thanks Dave! At one time in the early to mid 70's I had hundreds of these porcelain insulators from dumpster diving at both the I&M and CL&P buildings nearby. Lack of room and interest in glass only had me get rid of all my porcelain a few years later. However, starting about 10 years ago I did acquire some better porcelain insulators when they upgraded the poles.
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
Power Lines
Power Lines
These were great old poles. Love the pictures!
19 months ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Power Lines
Thanks! I sure wish I would of shot these 10 years ago when there were a lot more of the old poles up with the old style of lights, color glass on the upper I&M lines, and many cast iron transformers.
19 months ago.