Excerpt from Power Plants of the Pacific Coast: A Paper Read Before the 220th Meeting, Jan, 15, 1902 To emphasize this I need but call to your minds that for the past twenty years in the history of electrical engineering there has t been a time during which, remarkable work on the Pacific Coast has t attracted attention. In San Francisco was one of the first lighting companies, and one of the very first attempts by a public lighting company to light a large city on a comprehensive plan. Power transmission at constant current was first used on the Coast, where t only a 10,000-volt motor circuit was installed in San Francisco, but long-distance transmission was also actually performed in the mines with as much success as attended electrical machinery anywhere at the time, and the failure, as far as it was a failure, was due to the faults of design and manufacture of that day, while attempting problems which admitted failure in their solution. Men's lives, as well as the financial success of such undertakings, depend on absolute continuity in mining operations. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.