- Seattle City Light
- Seattle City Light Field System Operations Digital Photograph Collection
- 2005-2007 (inclusive)
- 21 digital image files
- Collection Number
- Images of damage to transmission poles and transformers caused by auto accidents and weather-related incidents.
- Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
- Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
City Light provides electricity, electrical, and conservation services to its publis and private customers. It is the larget public utility in the Pacific Northwest. Public responsibilitiy for electrcial energy dates to 1890 with creation of the Department of Lighting and Water Works. In 1902, Seattle voters passed a bond issue to develop hydroelectric power on the Cedar River under the administration of the Water Department. Electricity from this development began to serve Seattle in 1905. A City Charter amendment in 1910 created the Lighting Department. Under the leadership of Superintendent James D. Ross, the department developed the Skagit River hydroelectric project which began supplying power in 1924. Both public and private power was supplied to Seattle until 1951 when the City purchased the private electrical supply operations, make the Lighting Department the sole supplier. The Boundary Project in northeastern Washington began operations in 1967 and supplied over half of City Light's power generation. By the early 21st century, approximately ten percent of City Light's income came from the sale of surplus energy to customers in the Northwest and Southwest with the remainder of City Light's financial support coming from customer revenue. The current name of the agency was adopted in 1978 when the Department was reorganized.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Features images of damage to transmission poles and transformers caused by auto accidents and weather-related incidents. Also includes images of damage caused by high winds in the November 2006 Hanukkah Eve Windstorm. Images can be viewed on our digital platform. View 1204-18 online
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item number.] Seattle City Light Field System Operations Digital Photograph Collection, Record Series 1204-18. Seattle Municipal Archives.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Neighborhoods--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Traffic Accidents--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Transmission Lines--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Weather--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Lighting
- Seattle City Light
- Seattle (Wash.)