Davenport in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Big Creek Light and Power Company
In the plant's final configuration, water from Big Creek, Boyer Creek and Mill Creek flowed through more than five miles of redwood flumes to a reservoir and penstock 925 feet above the power house, down through a 22 inch pressure pipe turning three Pelton water wheels. Depending on the season and water available, up to 1100 kilowatts of electricity was sent 18 miles to Santa Cruz.
Big Creek Water Company became Big Creek Light And Power Company and in 1912 merged with other power companies to form Coast Counties Gas And Electric Company.
Profitable until the flumes were destroyed by a large forest fire in September of 1948, the plant was scrapped in the early 1950s.
Erected 2010 by El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte E Clampus Vitus Chapter 1797 Yerba Buena Number One Capitulus Redivivus Clampsus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & CommerceE Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1896.
Location. 37° 4.509′ N, 122° 13.214′ W. Marker is in Davenport, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can be reached from Big Creek Road. Marker is about two miles up the trail from the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 675 Big Creek Road, Davenport CA 95017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swanton (approx. ¾ mile away); Swanton Pacific Ranch (approx. one mile away); Washout 1997 to 2001 (approx. one mile away); Don Gaspar de Portolá (approx. 3½ miles away); St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Davenport Jail (approx. 4.6 miles away); Dickerman-Steele House (approx. 5.6 miles away); Steele Brothers' Dairy Ranches (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davenport.
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