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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-08-24 21:03
Subject: [photos] White River Falls Power Plant (post 1 of 2)
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Today tillyjane and I went hiking at White River Falls State Park, on the advice of ramblin_phyl. It’s a beautiful little park in a small canyon, which features an electric power plant built in 1901, expanded in 1910-1911, and abandoned probably sometime after WWII. The walk down to the power plant is a short, steepish trail with good footing in dry weather.

Exterior Photos (interior photos are here):

Impoundment Pond

The impoundment pond is barely visible as a rectangular structure on the left edge of the aerial photo linked to above

Impoundment pond, above the top of the White River Falls.

More detail of the impoundment pond.

The control valve of the impoundment pond.

The powerhouse as seen from near the impoundment pond above the top of the falls.

This is part of the pipe which brought water down from the impoundment pond to the turbines.

Flood Control Structure and Valve Station

The spillway of the flood control structure is clearly visible in the upper third of the aerial photo linked to above

A flood control structure built in 1910 to keep the water pipe system from being overwhelmed by water coming down the ravine to the north. Visible in the right hand side of the picture is a valve station for controlling the main water feed to the turbines.

The powerhouse seen from atop the spillaway of the flood control structure. The valve station is on the right again.

A geological survey marker atop the spillway of the flood control structure.

Gear wheels atop the valve station.

A cornerstone washed out from the flood control structure.

Me in front of the spillway.

The flood control structure and the valve station as seen from below.

Powerhouse Exterior

The powerhouse is visible in the lower right section of the aerial photo linked to above

Another section of pipe, in the drop to the powerhouse. For reference, it’s about 30 inches in diameter.

Just above the powerhouse.

More views of the powerhouse from above. The substantial hole in the roof at the north end was caused by a boulder dropping from above.

Detail from the same angle. Note the turbine bulking within.

Detail of the round windows.

The south end of the powerhouse, next to the White River.

The east face of the powerhouse.

The pipe entering the powerhouse.

Pipe detail.

Me outside the south end of the powerhouse.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-08-25 13:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Leave it to me to pick a small, seemingly irrelevant detail, and ask about it: >>Detail of the round windows<<

I note that certain types of buildings seemed to have round windows -- old utility buildings such as this one, old theaters, radio stations. I wonder if there's any structural or design reasoning, or if it was just for style. (We kept our front door with its round window because M and I were/are both intrigued by it.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-08-25 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I actually wondered much the same thing. Their placement doesn't seem to be effective either for skylight purposes or circulation.
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