pub-769827371306972 pub-769827371306972
top of page

When coal powered the village

Can you identify this one-time Bluffton power plant?

No way is this Bluffton.

Actually it is.

First, some hints. No one under 65 can identify this building. That means it was razed sometime in the 1960s.

With a smokestack like this, it must have produced lots of power for several buildings.

Too bad there aren't other clues in the photo, except for what appears to be a 1950 or '51 Chevrolet parked near the building.

Here's what we have: the Bluffton College coal-fired power plant. It was located on the Riley floodplain facing College Avenue. Founders Hall would be on the left and up the hill. Centennial Hall would be directly in its shadow.

Imagine the family of smokestacks in Bluffton at this time. Others large ones included the Woodcock power plant, the municipal power plant and all those Lima-build steam locomotives passing through town puffing with their coal addiction.



bottom of page