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Fries Power Station and Idol’s Dam

Fries Power Station and Idol's Dam

This photograph shows the beginning of construction on the Fries Power Station and Idol’s Dam. The photograph also shows Douthit’s Mill, the large wooden structure seen top center, which was removed for the station’s construction. The hydroelectric generation station 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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