Ames power plant, San Miguel County, Colorado [034]: Old transformer building, torn down 1953

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Title Ames power plant, San Miguel County, Colorado [034]: Old transformer building, torn down 1953
Photo Number P0206add2n01_09_023
Description Scan of a photo of the demolition of Ames. The last of the old transformer building at Ames. Western Colorado Power Company
Keywords Rocky Mountain Power; Ames; Colorado; Transformer building; demolition
Subject Hydroelectric power plants--Colorado--Ames--Photographs; Ames (Colo.)--Photographs
Additional Information The Ames hydroelectric generating plant had its beginnings when L.L. Nunn installed a Westinghouse electric generator and motor in the winter of 1890-91 on the South Fork of the San Miguel River to provide electricity to the Gold King Mine stamp mill, located 2.6 miles away. This was the first commercial power system to use alternating current. A powerhouse was built in 1895 by Nunn's Telluride Power Company, to be replaced by a new plant in 1905-06. Flumes, and later penstocks (steel pipes), brought water from Trout Lake and Lake Hope, located to the south up Lake Fork. Howards Fork, to the east, supplied additional water. Telluride Power later became part of Western Colorado Power Company, a subsidiary of Utah Power & Light (predecessor of Rocky Mountain Power). The hydroelectric plant, still in operation today, has been owned by Public Service Company, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, since 1992.
Spatial Coverage Ames (Colo.); San Miguel County (Colo.)
Latitude 37.864583
Longitude -107.881692
Collection Number and Name P0206 Rocky Mountain Power Company Photograph Collection
Collection Name Rocky Mountain Power Company
Date 1953-09
Textual Date September 1953
Owning Institution Multimedia Archives, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Type Image
Digitization Specifications Digital image produced on Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner, RGB, at 400 dpi. Archival file is uncompressed TIFF.
ARK ark:/87278/s62b9pqp
Setname uum_map
Date Created 2013-02-07
Date Modified 2015-11-18
ID 985557
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