Tourist Tip #185 / Old Gesher and Naharayim
In pre-state Israel, an engineer had a dream to generate electrical power from the currents of the Jordan River. Now you can visit and learn its fascinating history.
Like so many historical sites in Israel, the inspiring story of the Old Gesher and Naharayim historic sites in the northern Jordan Valley started with a dream, in this case an electrifying one – literally. From 1932 until 1948, engineer Pinhas Rutenberg harnessed two rivers, the Jordan and the Yarmoukh, at their confluence to create the first hydroelectric power plant in the Middle East, turning one...
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