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Idol’s Dam and Fries Power Station

Idol's Dam and Fries Power Station

Idol’s hydroelectric plant was begun by Henry Elias Fries and put into operation by the Fries Manufacturing and Power Company in 1898. The station, located on the Yadkin River in Forsyth County, supplied the towns of Salem and Winston with power for their mills, factories, street lighting, and electric railway.

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  1. I grew up here playing around the station and fishing from the dam. My friends father was in charge of the operation for many years. great memories!

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