Brown-Atchison Electric Co-operative Association, Inc., is a member-owned rural electric
cooperative (REC), headquartered in Horton, Kansas, that provides electric service
to approximately 3,280 consumers in Northeast Kansas.
Brown-Atchison REC has the unique distinction of being the first Rural Electric Administration
(REA) financed project in the state of Kansas.
In December of 1936 a representative from the REA in Washington, D.C., held a meeting
in Horton to explain the benefits of forming an electric cooperative. The rural residents
in the communities surrounding Horton were then surveyed to see who those potential
users of electricity were in the area. The results were so positive that in early
1937 plans were submitted to the REA and the first power pole was erected and dedicated
on November 10, 1937.
On April 1, 1938, Kansas Governor Huxman attended ceremonies in Horton, where the
REA Administrator John Carmody addressed the crowd via telephone and then closed
a ceremonial switch in Washington, D.C. to mark the beginning of the flow of electrical
energy for the first REA-financed line in Kansas.