Foster-Harris Company sold electricity in 1906
In 2017 we take electricity for granted.
We all have electricity in our homes and businesses, and with the flip of a switch we can be assured that there will be light.
It hasn't always been that simple.
When the area that is now Tillman County was opened to settlement in 1901, new towns sprang up on the open prairie and the providing of electrical power was an early commercial enterprise. In Frederick, that power was provided by the Foster-Harris Gin and ElectricCompany. The company built a power plant near the railroad tracks on West Gladstone Avenue where they generated electricity by burning coal. Nearby on North 8th Street (where the Pioneer Townsite Museum is now located) the company also operated an early cotton gin.
Foster-Harris Electric Plant on West Gladstone in Frederick, 1916