Wiring our West

Wiring our West

Book illuminates electrification of Southwest Colorado
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In 1905, these power lines at 13,200 feet ran between Savage Basin and Camp Bird Mine near Telluride. The photographer is not known.
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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.
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Workers build the Ilium water flume near Telluride in 1923. The photographer is unknown.
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A drawing of the world’s first hydroelectric plant to use alternating current in Ames, outside Telluride. The plant powered the Gold King Mine.
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Bob Yeager’s “bull gang” takes a lunch break at Tacoma in June 1945 in this photograph by P. C. Schools.
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P.C. Schools, chief electrical engineer for the Western Colorado Power Company, photographed this motor-operated needle drive at Tacoma in 1937.
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Hoadley Maris, survey crew chairman, is photographed in Silverton in 1929. The photographer is unknown.
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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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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

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