Now You See It, Now You Don't - Thanks for the Memories

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

The Encina Power Station - Soon to be Only a Memory

 

The Encina Power Plant, with its very obvious smokestack, has been an iconic landmark on the Carlsbad seacoast for decades.

 

Encina Power Plant in Carlsbad

 

Encina Power Plant and Smokestack in the distance

 

It was constructed in the 1950s and was officially retired in December 11, 2018 and is being dismantled - the demolition began earlier this year. The new power station, the Carlsbad Energy Center, began operation on December 12, 2018.

 

Encina Power Plant in the marine layer in Carlsbad

 

Whether you like the look of the plant and the towering smokestack or not, it certainly grabs attention, and can be seen for miles from the freeway north and south, and other inland vantage points.

 

And of course beyond being a part of Carlsbad's history it's provided electricity for thousands of homes all these years.

 

Encina Power Plant in the distance beyond the Flower Fields

 

Some residents are happy to see the power plant disappearing, while many others are rather nostalgic about it.  It will certainly change the look of the Carlsbad Coastline.

 

Encina Power Station under demolition in 2021

 

Encina Power Station without the smokestack April 2021

 

The Encina Power Station Smokestack is just a memory

 

The Encina Power Station will soon be just a memory, preserved in our minds, and in numerous photos.

 

But in case you want a very different kind of memory, Carlsbad resident artist, Bryan Snyder (founder of the Carlsbad Art Wall in 2015), has created a hand-crafted resin sculpture of the Encina Power Station, available at his gallery and online ($30 + tax, and shipping is available). It's a pretty cool idea..and I hear it's been very popular.

Comments (28)

Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Wow! From an outsider's perspective, one who has never visited the area and is unfamiliar with the smokestack, I would say: good riddance, that looked like an eye-sore.

 

However! I totally get the nostalgia, too. It will feel like something is amiss for quite some time for all who are so used to seeing it sitting there. Thank you for sharing this cool story and the pictures Jeff. 

May 05, 2021 06:50 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Andrea Bedard 

That was my opinion when we first moved here and I saw it. But after you live with it for a while...

Jeff

May 05, 2021 07:43 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Photos like these make something so basic so beautiful in the way they're  shot

May 05, 2021 10:16 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - a longtime North San Diego landmark.  Maybe not a universal favorite but well-known to those who passed by it on a regular(or semi-regular) basis.  I have been gone from the area for the many years and still remember it.  

May 06, 2021 03:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS good morning, Jeff... I'd probably be nostalgic for the landmark, myself, even if it's not especially attractive. 

May 06, 2021 04:48 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It's kind of neat to see things change over the years, but some things we just get so used to seeing that it is difficult to get used to life without them, haha.

May 06, 2021 06:12 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

I like seeing this type of change.  You can appreciate the coastline even more.  Happy Thursday.  A

May 06, 2021 07:06 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Jeff! Yeah, it's funny, I know it is just a smokestack, but with my memories of living in the region, it holds fond memories for me.

May 06, 2021 07:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the kind words Laura Cerrano 

No not a universal favorite but certainly well known Michael Jacobs I bet many hadn't given it much thought until it was time to be demolished...and they see how the coastline has changed.

Jeff

May 06, 2021 09:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I suspect that's the sentiment of many Nina Hollander, Broker 

That's true Brian England 

Jeff

May 06, 2021 09:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, Jeff, lots of history that will be gone soon and a landmark I am sure for some boaters.

May 06, 2021 10:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

It definitely changes the look of the coastline, and once the building is gone it will look different once again. I got used to seeing it but have to admit I found it a bit unappealing when we first moved here.

Jeff

May 06, 2021 01:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Rocky Dickerson 

I get that. I bet there are many with fond memories, for various reasons.

Jeff

May 06, 2021 01:19 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Will Hamm 

Yes, a bit of history is leaving Carlsbad, and I imagine it WAS a popular landmark for boaters for years! It can be seen for many miles.

Jeff

May 06, 2021 01:21 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I just came back to look at some of this photos that I missed and they are pretty brilliant!

May 06, 2021 09:57 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes I remember driving by and seeing the Smoke Stack.... so it will be history? I guess future blog post material for Throwback Thursdays:)Endre

May 06, 2021 11:58 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jeff -  hopefully the new power plant has more capacity for the growth since the 1950's.

May 07, 2021 03:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.  The smokestack itself is already gone and the station will be too before long.

TBT material indeed!

Jeff

May 07, 2021 08:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Grant Schneider 

My understanding is the new station can provide more electricity and that it can ramp up quickly when needed to deal with high energy use on the grid, say during heat waves...not something the former station was equipped to do.

Jeff

May 07, 2021 08:29 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS  It is strange when landmarks disappear  from our skylines 

May 20, 2021 04:09 PM