Lake, Facility Named after Albert Lynn

Morgantown Dominion Post
27 March 2011
By Evelyn Ryan


Not much information is readily available about Albert M. Lynn, president of West Penn Power Co. and the man who made the Lake Lynn Dam and Power Plant possible.

While the company named the hydroelectric plant for him in recognition of his work, apparently only two items in company archives mention Lynn and the dam.

Mark Nitowski, a spokesman for FirstEnergy, which merged with Allegheny Energy earlier this year, sent along the two: A 75-year history and a brochure.

Allegheny Energy was formed by the merger of Monongahela Power (West Virginia), West Penn Power (Pennsylvania) and Potomac Edison Power (Maryland) in the mid-1990s.

The 75-year history notes:

“President Lynn, whose leadership brought the project to fruition, died at New York, April 8, 1927. In his honor, the lake and power station were named for him at impressive dedication ceremonies, Sept. 14, 1927, at which West Virginia governor Howard M. Gore participated.”

The brochure, “Cheat Lake Park & Trail,” reports that the Lake Lynn Power Station went into operation on May 31, 1926.

“The opposition and delays encountered in building Lake Lynn Power Station would have daunted and discouraged one less firm in his convictions than Mr. A.M. Lynn, for whom the station is named,” the brochure says. “Mr. Lynn was president of West Penn Power Company (an Allegheny Energy subsidiary) from 1917 to 1927.

While the 13-mile long lake was named for the company president, the public refused to call it anything but “Cheat Lake.”

In 1976, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names agreed with the public, ruling that the lake’s official name is “Cheat Lake.”

Lake Lynn is also the name of a community in Fayette County, Pa., not far from Cheat Lake. Reportedly, it was started by the power company, and also named for Albert Lynn.

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