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New Historical Marker notes Rural Electrification in SC KY

When 'lectric came to Cave City, KY, over 75 years ago. New Kentucky Historical Society Marker sponsored by Farmers Rural Electric of Glasgow. If you go: The dedication site is about 42 miles/42 minutes from the Historic Courthouse in Columbia, via the Louie B Nunn, according to (Google Map)

By Janene Zaccone

FRANKFORT, KY. (June 12, 2014) - The Kentucky Historical Society will unveil, at 3pmCT, June 19, 2014, at 6014 N Jackson Highway, Cave City a historical marker that notes the significance to south-central Kentucky of a national effort to bring electricity to rural areas.

The marker text recalls January 12, 1939, when the Goodnight substation in Barren County was energized, bringing electricity to 107 homes along 51 miles of power line. The substation was the first one in the Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative (RECC) service territory. A group of area farmers formed the cooperative in 1938 to bring electric power to rural residents.

Rural electrification in the 1930s was made possible largely through the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), a federal program created as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.

The marker also notes the benefits of rural electrification to south- central Kentucky: an improved quality of life, increased agricultural production and economic development.

Farmers RECC sponsors the marker.

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky's history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Contact: Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker Program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or

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