Object No. 47: EKPC smoke stacks

Can you name the tallest structure within the city limits of Maysville?

It's not a building or a water storage tank or a radio antenna.

The item towering over the rest of all else is a smoke stack at East Kentucky Power Cooperative's Maysville station -- two of them to be exact.

The power station is located along Kentucky 8, west of the William Harsha Bridge and next door to Inland Container. Day or night, the smoke stacks are a landmark for travelers and local residents alike.

According to local historian and retired EKPC employee Ron Bailey, the Unit 1 and Unit 2 stacks are 802 feet tall, giving them the distinction of tallest structure or structures in the city.

Unit 1 was built in 1975-1976 and Unit 2 in 1979, Bailey said.

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EKPC doesn’t use the tall stacks anymore because of newer units with newer technology. But they remain standing because it would be too costly to tear them down, he said.

Bailey said the smoke stacks make for good trivia questions.

But the tallest structure in Mason County?

In fact the highest point in Mason County is the EP ash landfill on the hill above EKPC, Bailey said.

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