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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > South Heights > Frank R. Phillips Power Station
Frank R. Phillips Power Station
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created by southsideshutterbug on 7/25/2006 5:58 PM
last modified by Gecco on 12/19/2018 8:16 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

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Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Forget it, it's gone
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information

South Heights, Pennsylvania
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras
  • police keep a close eye on it, new cameras with night vision
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1942
    Closed: 2000
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  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
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    The Frank R. Phillips Power Station quietly stands tall and authoritative on the south bank of the Ohio River in the town of South Heights, PA. The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad runs parallel to this property through Crescent Township. The coal-fueled power station, once operated by Duquense Light and Orion Power Midwest, served electricity to the Pittsburgh region since 1942.

    The power house is an eleven story labyrinth of half floors and access stairways looping around the main furnace. The constant drone of stored electricity resonates in your ears as you try to determine the source. Random lights have been left on in hallways, work spaces, bathrooms, and around machinery in the long forgotten corners all around. In the control room, display panels are still illuminated as if the power operations never ceased. The grated floors allow you to peak into the abyss of multiple levels above and below you. The damp and foggy basement levels chill your skin. The multiple rooftop access points allow you to peer over to the neighboring community of Ambridge on the other side of the Ohio River.

    Update 1/1/2011 The plant has been sold to a developer and is currently being demolished :( A very sad sight for a few of us.... There are over 50 workers on site, every day, full 24 hour security now, and cameras everywhere. Its all over for this great lady.. AS of 1/1/2011, they have demolished the conveyor from the coal yard, half of the scrubber, the crusher house, and are tenting the boiler area for asbestos removal and demo .
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    July 2006
    Tue, Jul 25th, 2006
    posted by southsideshutterbug
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    Mon, Jul 23rd, 2007
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2018 11:32 PM.

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  • on Dec 20 18 at 23:32, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 19 18 at 20:16, Gecco changed the following: City
  • on Mar 8 12 at 13:57, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Mar 8 12 at 1:56, xtacyturbo changed the following: Status, Accessibility
  • on Jan 5 11 at 5:12, Steed validated this location
  • on Jan 5 11 at 4:44, Rankine Cycle changed the following: History
  • on Sep 25 07 at 1:17, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 25 07 at 0:36, NIN34 changed the following: Accessibility, Security Measures
  • on Aug 4 07 at 19:16, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 23 07 at 10:24, secretdestroyers updated gallery picture 001
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