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World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant

 
 
World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
1. World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant Marker
Inscription. This is the original arch entrance to the Adams Station, the world's first hydroelectric power plant. Electric power, its transmission in commercial quantities to remote distances, the design and building of the first large electrical equipment- all started with the completion of the Adams Station in 1895 at Niagara Falls. Its entrance was re-erected on this site in 1966 to commemorate the tremendous impact which the generation of electric power at the Adams Station gave to civilization throughout the world. This arch dedicated 1967 by Nelson A. Rockerfeller, Governor.
 
Location. 43° 4.905′ N, 79° 4.262′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Goat Island Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the Power Portal arch at the north edge of the Goat Island Parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nikola Tesla (within shouting distance of this marker); The Power of Niagara (within shouting distance of this marker); Goat Island (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Luna Island (about 500 feet away); Nik Wallenda & Niagara
Power Portal Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
2. Power Portal Plaque
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Goat Island Flora (approx. 0.3 miles away); Three Sisters Islands (approx. 0.3 miles away); Prospect Point Viewing Area (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
More about this marker. Goat Island is paid parking. There are separate vehicle and pedestrian bridges to the island.
 
Regarding World's First Hydroelectric Power Plant. There are other plaques on the Power Portal arch pictured on this panel.

Text of The Power Portal Plaque: The construction of larger and more efficient electric generating stations at Niagara made the original Adams Plant obsolete. It has been demolished. The main entrance to this first powerhouse with the legended Indian medallion by Frederick McMonnies in the fan arch above the doorway was taken down piece by piece and re-erected here. The cost of materials was met by subscription from interested corporations, individuals and associations. The site was made available by the Niagara Frontier State Park Commission. On a voluntary basis, the Builders' Association of Niagara Falls furnished equipment and administration. Perhaps the greatest
Power Portal Committee Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
3. Power Portal Committee Plaque
Lists the contributors for the Power Portal memorial.
contribution was the individual members of the Niagara Falls Building Trades Council who donated their time and skill on their days off to make the re-erection of this memorial possible.

Text of Birth of Hydro Electric Power tablet: To the engineers, financiers, scientists, whose genius, courage and industry made possible here the birth of hydro electric power and created the first five thousand horse power water turbines directly connected to alternating current generators and inaugurated in America long distance transmission of power by electricity. Erected by The Niagara Falls Power Company MCMXXIV. This tablet replaces the original which was lost. 1966.

Text of Adams Hydro Electric Power Station plaque: Edward Dean Adams Hydro-Electric Power Station Number One. Inaugurated August 26, 1895 by The Niagara Falls Power Company.

The Tesla statue was a gift from Yugoslavia for America's Bicentennial.
 
Also see . . .
1. Adams Power Plant Transformer House - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Niagara Falls State Park. Goat Island is part of Niagara Falls State Park (Submitted on June 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. electric, electricity
 
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Birth of Hydo Electric Power image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
4. Birth of Hydo Electric Power
A Recreated Tablet
Adams Hydro-Electric Power Station Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
5. Adams Hydro-Electric Power Station Plaque
Back of Power Portal image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
6. Back of Power Portal
View from the parking lot which is being reconstructed.
Front of Power Portal image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
7. Front of Power Portal
Front of Power Portal and Tesla Statue image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
8. Front of Power Portal and Tesla Statue
Wedge View Tesla Statue and Power Portal image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
9. Wedge View Tesla Statue and Power Portal
Tesla Statue Side View image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
10. Tesla Statue Side View
Tesla Statue Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 31, 2014
11. Tesla Statue Plaque
On the base used for the statue, at the rear.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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