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Anaheim in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 33° 48.404′ N, 117° 55.258′ W. Marker is in Anaheim, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Disneyland Drive. The marker is located by Grizzly River Run in Disney California Adventure Park. Touch for map. Marker
The Pelton Wheel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 11, 2012
2. The Pelton Wheel Marker
is at or near this postal address: 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim CA 92802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Petrified Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); Disneyland Monorail System (approx. half a mile away); Kate and Ella 1895 (approx. 0.6 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anaheim.
 
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
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2012. This page has been viewed 619 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on August 27, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 14, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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