Bend Dam and Powerhouse
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 03.675 W 121° 18.855
10T E 635015 N 4880057
Sign about the Bend Dam and Powerhouse.
Waymark Code: WM5CBJ
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/16/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This history sign is located on Newport Avenue bridge across the Deschutes River. This is the dam that forms the well known Mirror Pond in Bend.

Marker Name: Bend Dam and Powerhouse
Marker Text: The dam and powerhouse were built in 1910 and 1913 respectfully by the privately-owned Bend Water, Light and Power Company and were subsequently sold to the Pacific Power and Light Company. The dam, which holds back the waters of the Deschutes River to form Mirror Pond, is 252 long, 14 feet high and is essentially unaltered since its completion. A 150-foot concrete gravity wall connects the dam to the powerhouse. The powerhouse contains three turbines that have a combined generation capacity of 1,110 kilowatts. Like the dam, the powerhouse has undergone few changes since its completion in 1913 and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Bend.
Built: 1910, 1913
This Heritage Walk plaque donated by Pacific Power.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

Marker Type: City

Region: Central Oregon

County: Deschutes

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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