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Near Highland in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Upper American Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant

 
 
Upper American Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, April 17, 2021
1. Upper American Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant Marker
Inscription.  Located in American Fork Canyon just east of Highland and constructed in 1906-1907, the facility is significant because of its association with the development of early hydroelectric power in northern Utah County. The plant was one of four electric generating stations built to supply power to the towns of American Fork, Lehi, and Pleasant Grove, as well as industries within the general vicinity. Of the four plants, this is the only one existing. It was designed by engineers Willard Young and Frank Kelsey and built by the Utah County Light and Power Company; it features a simple design that was common of plants built by power companies in the early 1900s. The powerhouse is the key feature of the power plant facility. Abutting the canyon wall, the powerhouse is a T-shaped, brick structure with a concrete foundation and a hipped roof. The powerhouse is in excellent condition and retains its historic integrity.
 
Erected 2009 by Utah Division of State History.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location.
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By Connor Olson, April 17, 2021
2. Upper American Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant Marker
Marker is mounted on the wall to the left of the entrance doors.
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40° 26.269′ N, 111° 43.392′ W. Marker is near Highland, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is on Utah Route 92, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: American Fork UT 84003, 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. Native Restoration (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Pleasant Grove Fort (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named Old Pleasant Grove Fort (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pioneer Relic Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away); Pioneer Flour Mill (approx. 5.2 miles away); Jeppa and Anna Nelson Granary (approx. 5.3 miles away); Battle Creek (approx. 5.3 miles away); Pleasant Grove Town Hall (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Upper American Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, April 17, 2021
3. Upper American Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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