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Workers installing poles for electrical lines, circa 1940.
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Black and white image of workers installing poles for electrical lines. Pole is slanted in mid installation.

Credit: Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association

Across the state, rural Pennsylvanians pitched in their money and their labor to bring electricity to their homes and communities. On May 3, 1941, power first flowed along the first 35 miles of lines to members of Adams Electric Cooperative in Gettysburg.

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