6. 鹽水港製糖株式會社高雄工場。Alcohol Plant
The above photo of the small alcohol plant of Ensuiko Sugar Company by the Takao wharf was taken by US Navy aircraft on the early morning of October 12, 1944, just before the USN launched a massive air strike against Formosa. The next photo was taken five days later, when the B-29 heavy bombers of the 20th Bomb Command bombed Takao Harbor. A large hole can be seen on one of the buildings, mostly likely done by the Navy aircraft:
By the time when the 22nd Bombardment Group took the following photo, the alcohol plant had been reduced to rubble:
When the Americans photoed the plant in December 1945, it looked like this:
After the war, this plant was confiscated by the government and the state-owned Taiwan Sugar Corporation (“Taisugar”) used this site to build its warehouses, as seen in the next 1959 photo:
The once abandoned warehouses have transformed into the Pier 2 Art Center, a hot tourist attraction in Kaohsiung.
177. 火力發電所。Power Plant
Believe it or not. There used to be a coal-burning power plant in the city of Takao. A short canal can be seen on the middle left side of the above photo. The darker area below the canal was the coal dump, where coal was loaded onto the conveyor belt into the powerhouse. Three smoke stacks can be been by the powerhouse. Transformers were located on the upper left side of the photo.
Obviously the power plant was still in operation when the next 1959 photo was taken:
The state-owned Taipower took over the plant after the war. Although the power plant has been torn down, the site is being used by Taipower as the orderly arrangement of breakers and transformers in the following satellite image show: