From the OPALCO Archives…

How electricity came to the islands is a subject of enduring interest to locals and historians alike.  If you have home movie footage of OPALCO linemen at work, or other subjects pertaining to the Islands’ power and utilities history, we’d love to see it (and maybe even feature it here!).  Contact us, to share your treasures.

Check out BPA’s commemorative video: Ode to the Columbia River

This playlist includes “1951 BPA Movie: San Juan Islands Submarine Cable Laying and Christening,” Bonneville Power Administration (22:29); “Early Power Generation on Orcas Island,” Westsound Video Productions (12:07); “Repairing the Sumitomo Cable,” Westsound Video Productions (1995, 16:00); “Undersea Cable Lay Orcas-Shaw,” Westsound Video Productions (2000); “Power and Fiber Under Sea Cable Lay,” Westsound Video Productions (2004, 27:24).

Click “Playlist” in the lower left corner of the video frame to choose between videos, or visit our YouTube page,