September 23rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1928, the Los Angeles Times reported that the 395-foot smoke stack of the Seal Beach steam plant, already a landmark for aviators and mariners, would now be illuminated at night by floodlights with a total intensity of approximately 2,000,000 candle-power.

Here’s a list of earlier posts featuring more images and information on the power plant:

This April 16, 2010 post focuses on the 42-year history of the steam plant and features plenty of photos.

This October 3, 2010 post featured photos that Seal Beach resident Joyce Kucera took in 1967 of the demolition of the steam plant. She very graciously shared them with this blog.

This September 23, 2010 post featured more of Joyce Kucera’s generosity to this blog. It features film footage of the power plant being demolished.

This June 20, 2012 post is also the result of the generosity of a reader. Eric Lawson, who runs a web site on the history of the Southern California Gas Co. shared a 1924 article on the state-of-the-art power plant being constructed in Seal Beach that included photos of the electric station being built.

– Michael Dobkins

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