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Storrie Power House
Way, Glenn M
Date Created and/or Issued
January 1928
Publication Information
Meriam Library. California State University, Chico
Contributing Institution
California State University, Chico
Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection
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View of the Storrie Power House under construction taken in January 1928. Donor/Source of Loan: Rob Hanford (loan).
Audio Tape #12B-266. Power House, January 1928. Glenn M. Way and I had debated about the date of this photograph, and I have entered my guess. His feeling is that the photograph was taken at the end of 1926. My feeling is that the progress on the powerhouse, the leaved on the trees, and the length of the shadow of the roof of the cement mixer indicate summer time. The gravel bunkers (14) were filled with the steam driven clamshell (14), the piece of machinery used to unload the gondola cars. The bunkers were divided into three sections; sand, pea gravel, and plumb rock. The hoist (15) to the right of the bunker was operated by electricity , and (15) the shed directly behind that hoist was where the sacks of cement were stored. Sacks of "Shea-light" were also stored here, this being an additive that prevented the concrete from setting up too quickly. The cement inspector was responsible for determining the proper mixture of materials in each batch. The building directly behind the bunker was the cement mixer. The building in the left foreground was where the electrical equipment for the powerhouse was stored prior to its installation. Conduit, switches, circuit breakers, fuses, fuse boxes, etc. were stored here, and the electrical inspector would inspect this equipment at this site. The horizontal beam above and behind this building is a brace for the stiff legged derrick which is secured to the mountain side. This derrick was used both for loading and unloading the skip, and also the railroad cars on the siding. The operator worked from the platform at the top of the stairs at the base of the derrick. In bad weather a canvas tarp was strung for protection.
80 x 137 mm
Film negative
Great Western Power Company
Construction equipment
Plumas County (Calif.)
Storrie (Calif.)
original not owned
Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection

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