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The Pelton Wheel

 
 
The Pelton Wheel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
1. The Pelton Wheel Marker
Inscription. According to legend, Lester Pelton got his idea for a more powerful waterwheel from seeing a cow stick its nose into a stream of water. Patented in 1878, the divided metal cups of Pelton's wheel worked much the same way as the cleft between the cow's nostrils, enabling water to flow out to the sides, instead of bouncing straight back out of the cups. The water-powered wheel sent compressed air through pipes to drive pumps, drills, triphammers, and hoists in the mines. This simple concept proved so effective in turning the wheel faster and more efficiently that it is still used today in modern turbines around the world.
 
Erected by Disney California Adventure Park.
 
Location. 33° 48.404′ N, 117° 55.258′ W. Marker is in Anaheim, California, in Orange County. Marker is on South Disneyland Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located by Grizzly River Run in Disney California Adventure Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1313 Sout Disneyland Drive, Anaheim CA 92802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Steam Donkey (within shouting distance of this marker); Kate and Ella 1895 (approx. 0.6
The Pelton Wheel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
2. The Pelton Wheel Marker
miles away); St. Michael's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Loara School Bell (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of San Pedro Gate (approx. 1.8 miles away); Stanley House Museum (approx. 1.9 miles away); Old Anaheim Library (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mother Colony House (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anaheim.
 
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The Pelton Wheel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
3. The Pelton Wheel Marker
The Pelton Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
4. The Pelton Wheel
The Pelton Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
5. The Pelton Wheel
The Pelton Wheel & Grizzly Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
6. The Pelton Wheel & Grizzly Mountain
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
7. Photo Displayed on Marker
Pelton Wheel Photo courtesy of Eastman Studio Postcards
Lester Pelton Photo Courtesy of Searles Historic Library image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
8. Lester Pelton Photo Courtesy of Searles Historic Library
 
 
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