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Book illuminates electrification of Southwest Colorado
In 1905, these power lines at 13,200 feet ran between Savage Basin and Camp Bird Mine near Telluride. The photographer is not known.
Three workers in 1910 inspect the Lake Hope tunnel before the release of water from Lake Hope to the Ames Power Plant near Telluride. The photographer is unknown.
Workers build the Ilium water flume near Telluride in 1923. The photographer is unknown.
A drawing of the world’s first hydroelectric plant to use alternating current in Ames, outside Telluride. The plant powered the Gold King Mine.
Bob Yeager’s “bull gang” takes a lunch break at Tacoma in June 1945 in this photograph by P. C. Schools.
P.C. Schools, chief electrical engineer for the Western Colorado Power Company, photographed this motor-operated needle drive at Tacoma in 1937.
Hoadley Maris, survey crew chairman, is photographed in Silverton in 1929. The photographer is unknown.
Tough Men in Hard Places: A Photographic Collection. The photograph by P.C. Schools shows an unidentified man inspecting wear and tear on Trout Lake water flume near Telluride.
If you go

Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College
4 p.m. Thursday, Delaney Library, book launch and signing of Tough Men in Hard Places: A Photographic Collection with author Esther Greenfield. Prints from the Western Colorado Power Company collection will be on display.
Powerhouse Science Center
4-6 p.m. Oct. 26, book signing, presentation, tour at the center, 1333 Camino del Rio.
4 p.m. La Plata Electric Association will discuss equipment and how linemen work today.
4:30 p.m. Tour of original Durango Light and Power Company machinery and equipment.
5 p.m. Presentation by Esther Greenfield, author of Tough Men in Hard Places: A Photographic Collection.
5:30 p.m. A panel, including Greenfield, historians and electricity experts, will answer questions.
This event is designed for adults and older children.

Wiring our West

In 1905, these power lines at 13,200 feet ran between Savage Basin and Camp Bird Mine near Telluride. The photographer is not known.
Three workers in 1910 inspect the Lake Hope tunnel before the release of water from Lake Hope to the Ames Power Plant near Telluride. The photographer is unknown.
Workers build the Ilium water flume near Telluride in 1923. The photographer is unknown.
A drawing of the world’s first hydroelectric plant to use alternating current in Ames, outside Telluride. The plant powered the Gold King Mine.
Bob Yeager’s “bull gang” takes a lunch break at Tacoma in June 1945 in this photograph by P. C. Schools.
P.C. Schools, chief electrical engineer for the Western Colorado Power Company, photographed this motor-operated needle drive at Tacoma in 1937.
Hoadley Maris, survey crew chairman, is photographed in Silverton in 1929. The photographer is unknown.
Tough Men in Hard Places: A Photographic Collection. The photograph by P.C. Schools shows an unidentified man inspecting wear and tear on Trout Lake water flume near Telluride.
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