Jerome in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Childs-Irving Project - Construction Challenges
The first task was the construction of a wagon road from the railhead at Meyer, Arizona to the site of the Childs and Irving powerhouses. Approximately 600 men, 150 wagons and 400 mules were used to haul material. The road was approximately 40 miles long and so rough that 5 to 6 days were required to traverse it with a loaded wagon. The very nature of the road prohibited the transportation of long loads such as water pipe and power poles. Consequently, other solutions to these needs had to be engineered.
Most of the flumes and piping were constructed on site, the terrain prohibiting the use of wood and ditches as was typical elsewhere. These items were made from concrete, mixed in wagon beds and poured on location. The completed system consisted of many thousands of feet of concrete flumes, concrete-lines tunnels and concrete pipe.
An ingenious solution was developed to deal with the inability to transport long timbers for power transmission lines over the rough terrain. Engineers found that the towers used on pre-fabricated metal windmills would serve the purpose, and approximately 700 of these were hauled in and assembled on the spot, without the windmill portion, of course.
The successful completion of the Childs plant is an overwhelming tribute to the professionalism of the engineers and the dedication of the construction crews. Enormous challenges were met, and the Childs plant was completed and began delivering power only seven years after construction of the road began.
Erected by Jerome Historical Society.
Location. 34° 45.224′ N, 112° 6.754′ W. Marker is in Jerome, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on Douglas Road (AKA State Parks Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Audrey Headframe Park and next to the Jerome State Historic Park and Douglas Mansion. Marker is in this post office area: Jerome AZ 86331, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Irving Turbine and Generator (here, next to this marker); The Childs-Irving Project-Hydroelectric Project (here, next to this marker); The Audrey Shaft and UVX Operations (a few steps from this marker); Historic Audrey Shaft Headframe (a few steps from this marker); Jerome's Famous Sliding Jail (approx. ¼ mile away); Whitten Printers (approx. ¼ mile away); Hotel Connor (approx. ¼ mile away); Mine Museum/Fashion Saloon (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerome.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 93 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 3, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.