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Photograph shows hydroelectric power plant. On left is railroad track from the construction of the Western Pacific railroad through the Feather River Valley. Note: 'Great Western Power's initial undertaking was the construction of a powerhouse at Big Bend, 65 miles below the reservoir site at Big Meadows. At Big Bend, the Feather River sweeps in a wide 12-mile horseshoe arc, with the two points of the arc close together. It was an ideal site for the driving of a diversion tunnel to connect the two extremes, the Big Bend property and,.. constructed a powerhouse which for some time was the largest hydro project west of the Mississippi' -- from California Stored with Many Blessings fit For the Use of Man Black, James, 1948, pg. 48.