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Davenport in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Big Creek Light and Power Company

 
 
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By Francisco Sanchez Ruiz
1. Big Creek Light and Power Company Marker
Inscription. The third hydroelectric power plant in California, built by Fred Swanton, local promoter and founder of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, began operations on this site March of 1896.

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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 4.509′ N, 122° 13.214′ W. Marker is in Davenport, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can
Big Creek Light and Power Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Cirner
2. Big Creek Light and Power Company Marker
Plaque mounted to the boulder.
be reached from Big Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is about two miles up the trail from the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project. Marker is at or near this postal address: 675 Big Creek Road, Davenport CA 95017, United States of America.
 
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 Portolį (approx. 3½ miles away); St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Davenport Jail (approx. 4.6 miles away); Site of the Historic Foresters Hall (approx. 4.6 miles away); Dickerman-Steele House (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davenport.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Big Creek Light and Power Company image. Click for full size.
By Jim Cirner
3. Big Creek Light and Power Company
Area being cleared next to the site of the old Big Creek Light & Power Company. The marker was eventually set to the left of the building.
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By Jim Cirner
4. Big Creek Light and Power Company
Boulder being moved to the site where the marker will be set.
Big Creek Light and Power Company image. Click for full size.
By Jim Cirner
5. Big Creek Light and Power Company
Boulder is set at its final location. This boulder was destined for the breakwater at Pillar Point in the 1950's.
Big Creek image. Click for full size.
By Jim Cirner
6. Big Creek
Nice and calm in August. Turns into a raging river in winter.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 198 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 20, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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