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Farewell to Grainger Generating Station

The coal-fired Grainger Generating Station stood sentry to Conway and the Grand Strand for five decades. The South Carolina Power Station was a quiet watchman of the millions of visitors to the South Carolina coast and the unofficial symbol that vacation was near. For locals and Santee Cooper employees, it was a longtime friend and South Carolina energy provider, and the powerhouse that helped bring back the light after Hurricane Hugo.

Retired from service in 2012 and demolished over the past year, Grainger’s last remaining structures, its two iconic stacks, were tumbled to the ground on the cold, rainy Sunday morning of Feb. 7, 2016. A crowd in the hundreds bid adieu as 120 pounds of dynamite brought the 300-foot structures down. In the end, the only things that remained were piles of bricks and memories, and the promise of what may come next.

Demolition included using special dismantling equipment by National Salvage and Service Corp. Strength and hardness of metal on metal is contrasted by the soft, natural beauty surrounding the station. Gauges, pipes, lockers, connections and coal characterized the industrial and industrious station.

Grainger SC Power Generating Station
A ground floor view of the towers in their final days
Grainger SC Electric Generating Station
Ethereal view inside Grainger during deconstruction
South Carolina Power Plant
External tracks and support structures
South Carolina Energy
The iconic GE logo seen on the turbine floor
South Carolina Power Plant Demolition
Demolition included using special dismantling equipment by National Salvage and Service Corp
SC Electric Plant Demolition
Turbine floor during plant deconstruction
South Carolina Electric Plant Demolition
Explosive components attached to tower base
Grainger SC Electric Plant
An exterior building offers an industrial studyin symmetry and pattern
Grainger SC Power Plant
Turbine floor during plant deconstruction
Grainger SC Power Plant Demolition
Two iconic stacks were tumbled to the ground