Port Washington Power Plant

© Photographed March 28 and July 5, 2015
Erected 1980 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Port Washington, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

The Port Washington Power Plant of the Wisconsin Electric Power Company was the most thermally-efficient steam power plant in the world for many years following its opening in 1935. Its design reflected the cumulative experience of the utility's engineers in burning pulverized coal at the Oneida Street plant and the Lakeside station in Milwaukee. The success of the Port Washington plant accelerated the adoption of pulverized-coal burning for the central power plants in the united states.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers - 1980

The marker is located at the entrance to the Port Washington Generating Station located on northbound South Wisconsin Street, south of its intersection with South Milwaukee Street, at 146 South Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074.

NOTE: The entrance to the power plant is on a service road that leads to Coal Dock Park. Once on the service road, the marker will be on your right (see photo below).

Port Washington Power Plant: A National Historic Engineering Landmark
This 16-page PDF booklet is full of vintage photos and the history of the Power Plant

Port Washington Generating Station
This 1,150-megawatt natural gas-powered generating station replaced a 225-megawatt coal-fueled plant that had operated at the same site for more than 70 years. It is the most thermally efficient generating power plant in Wisconsin.

 With the Port Washington Harbor in the background . . .

Looking north at the service road leading to Coal Dock Park.
The marker is on the first brick pillar, next to the service road.

The east side of the power plant (photo taken at Coal Dock Park).

Follow the signs to Coal Dock Park to access the marker.

 The pillar with the marker is visible to the right.

The Port Washington Power Plant is located in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

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