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Bend in Deschutes County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Bend Dam and Powerhouse

Built: 1910, 1913

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2020
1. Bend Dam and Powerhouse Marker
Inscription.  The dam and powerhouse were built in 1910 and 1913 respectfully by the privately-owned Bend Water, Light and Power Company. and were subsequently sold to the Pacific Power and Light Company. The dam, which holds back the waters of the Deschutes River to form Mirror Pond, in 252 long, 14 feet high and is essentially unaltered since its completion. A 150-foot concrete gravity wall connects the dam to the powerhouse. The powerhouse contains three turbines that have a combined generation capacity of 1,110 kilowatts. Like the dam, the powerhouse has undergone few changes since it completion in 1913 and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Bend.
 
Erected by Deschutes Historical Museum. (Marker Number C7.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Bend Heritage Walk series list.
 
Location. 44° 3.673′ N, 121° 18.857′ W. Marker is in Bend, Oregon, in Deschutes County. Marker is on Northwest Newport Avenue near Northwest Brooks
Bend Dam and Powerhouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2020
2. Bend Dam and Powerhouse and Marker
Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bend OR 97701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bend Veterans Peace Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Pilot Butte Inn (about 400 feet away); Pine Tavern (about 500 feet away); Capitol Theatre (about 500 feet away); Pilot Butte Inn Site (about 500 feet away); Pringle Block (about 500 feet away); Eddie's Sales & Service (about 600 feet away); N.P Smith Pioneer Hardware (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bend.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Newport Avenue bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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