Anheuser Busch Power Plant

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I know little about the operation of power plants, other than you burn something in them that produces heat that then turns water into steam, which turns a generator that produces electricity, but I do know that historic power plants around St. Louis are wonderful reminders of the city’s burgeoning industrial might back in the day. The A-B power plant is still active, though I imagine that it’s been converted into a steam plant. Does anyone know?

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I am giving a tour of the Lafayette Square neighborhood this Thursday, June 18th. Buy tickets here.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kathy Wentzel says:

    love your blog!

  2. samizdat says:

    Many companies in the past used hot oil to provide heat (for various processes) to their plants, and I suspect that–given the presence of the insulated piping–AB may yet still use some hot oil in their operations. And judging by the yellow-y smoke emanating from one of those lovely larger stacks, they may still use coal in at least one unit.

    Of course these days, it’s all automated to the nth degree.

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