Stanton Station Finally Imploded
The 52-year-old plant was finally "laid to rest".
According to the Bismarck Tribune;
“It should've never have happened,” Hubert Sailer, of Stanton, said of the demolition with a hint of sadness from behind the wheel of his truck as he waited for the fall of his longtime workplace.
Sailer worked at the plant, first from ‘66 to ‘74, then on and off as a boilermaker in the years after.
“A lot of hours,” he said of the many shifts spent firing up the first unit and building the second that brought the plant to its 188-megawatt capacity.
GRE announced Stanton Station’s closure in July 2016. Demolition work, gutting the plants innards, started in November. Then Thursday, nearly 52 years since the plant began operations, 108 detonation points tumbled the 270-foot concrete stack and the buildings that had housed the boilers, spokesman Lyndon Anderson said.
Crews will spend the next three to four months sorting through the rubble, recycling the majority of the scraps, said GRE Vice President and Chief Generation Officer Rick Lancaster.
It was the right thing to do but that doesn't mean that there aren't going to be people waxing nostalgic over their former employer. Especially the retired ones.