Remarkable Ohio


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10-55 Rural Electrification

Side A: On November 14, 1935, the rural electrification movement got its start in Piqua with the installation of the first electric pole financed by the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). In partnership with the Miami Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., the pole was constructed to support a power line of 193 miles, bringing electricity to nearly 700 farms in the county. At the time the REA was established by the federal government, only 10% of the rural population had electricity. Today, electric cooperative lines reach more than 36 million consumers in 47 states.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. The Ohio Historical Society
Address: 344 W. US Route 36, 
Location: At the E entrance to the Pioneer Electric Cooperative building
Latitude: 40.1500250
Longitude: -84.2028050