Santa Ana River Hydro – Crossroads (Southern California Edison)

Huell visits one of Edison’s oldest, and longest operating, generation facility: Santa Ana River #1. This powerhouse was built in 1898 by Edison predecessor Southern California Power Company and is located in the foothills above San Bernardino. The generating facility was the proving ground for first long distance transmission of electricity. Most of the original turn-of-the-century electrical equipment is preserved at the Santa Ana River Powerhouse. Huell interviews Supervisor of Operations and Maintenance Jim Hair. Jim walks back in time with Huell to explore the facility’s intriguing history and significance in developing technology to electrify Southern California. (1989)