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The Littlest Hydro-electric Power Plant - USA - March 2015

mookster

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Sometimes the best things do come in small packages, such is the case here...

Nestled on the banks of a river deep in rural 'old town America' in a historic town straight out of the early 1800s sits a proper little gem. This small power plant was constructed in 1899 originally as part of an adjacent wood pulping mill but then as a standalone power generating station after the wood mill caught fire in 1925. From reading the notes about the place it houses a complete, intact circa-1905 water turbine which looks more like a UFO from a 1950s sci-fi comic and a water turbine governor from 1925. It produced electricity until the plant was shutdown in 1991 and it has been left to itself, quietly rusting away on the bank of the river.

Visited during a snowstorm, the final middle finger of winter after a few lovely spring-like days this is the best one room explore I've ever done. It was so nice to see something so old almost totally unmolested, apart from a small fire in an office to the rear.

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I only crack out my 30mm on special occasions and this was a place that warranted it's attention.

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Whilst in one of the tank-like spaces underneath the plant trying to get a half decent photo of the above equipment a work truck rolled past on the road adjacent to the plant between us and the railway tracks, we took that as our cue to leave as we didn't want any hassle, so we left in search of lunch.

More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157649267926013/ :)


 

Lara

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That a superb location there, and some mighty fine shots Mooks :)

 

The_Raw

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Nice little time capsule there mate and loving the 35mm shots (y)

 
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