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The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls

 
 
The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 24, 2013
1. The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker
Front side
Inscription.
{Front side}
The Connecticut River, starting at the International Boundary, flows 380 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. In its course the river falls 1640 feet. In 1928, the New England Power Association started a two-year project to build one of the largest hydro-electric developments in the country. The dam is located in the towns of Monroe, NH and Barnet, VT and is 275 miles above the river's mouth. When dedicated on September 30, 1930 President Herbert Hoover pressed a button at the White House to start the first of four generating units.

This marker commemorates 75 years of continual operation of this project and is dedicated to the builders, operators and neighbors of this first Fifteen Mile Falls Development.

{Back side}
The dam has earth embankments, a concrete gravity spillway and intake section, steel penstocks, and powerhouse. The reservoir has a surface area of 1093 acres at elevation of 650 feet above sea level and extends seven miles upstream. The dam is 2,253 feet long with a maximum height of 170 feet. The dam can pass flows through hydraulic operated sluice gates, flash boards, and stanchion bays as well as the turbines. The discharge capacity at full pond would be 99,000 cubic feet of water per second.

The powerhouse contains four turbines, at a combined rating of 216,800 horse
The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 26, 2015
2. The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker
Back side
power and the 162,300 kilowatts is enough to power 162,300 homes. At the present time hydroelectricity accounts for five percent of New England's power needs.
 
Erected 2006 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 44° 18.483′ N, 72° 2.117′ W. Marker is in Barnet, Vermont, in Caledonia County. Marker is on Interstate 91 at milepost 121.8, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located at the scenic turnout (no services) at milemarker 121.8 of I-91 northbound. Marker is in this post office area: Barnet VT 05821, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry Stevens / Henry Stevens, Jr. (approx. one mile away); Greenbank's Hollow (approx. 6.4 miles away); Caledonia County Grammar School (approx. 6.8 miles away); James Whitehill Stone House (approx. 7.4 miles away); St. Johnsbury Trade School (approx. 7.5 miles away); First American Platform Scale (approx. 7.6 miles away); Northeastern Speedway (approx. 8.7 miles away); a different marker also named First American Platform Scale (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
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The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 24, 2013
3. The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker
Wideview of The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 26, 2015
4. Wideview of The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls Marker
Dam is indicated in background
Close-up of The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 26, 2015
5. Close-up of The Comerford Development at Fifteen Mile Falls
As seen from the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.   3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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