Sutter Creek in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hydroelectric Power in Amador County
The first hydroelectric operation in Amador County was located in Sutter Creek at the corner of Main Street and Badger (Foundry Street) next to the creek. The Amador Railway and Electric Light Co. was formed in 1893 and began producing electricity, mainly for lighting, in 1894. The power lines were extended to Amador City and Jackson and the initial plant was expanded to meet increasing demand. During this time period and into the early 1900s, Knight Foundry was producing hydroelectric equipment for use in the western United States and worldwide.
In 1895 Blue Lakes Water Co. began planning for the first powerhouse on the Mokelumne River at Blue Lakes City. It began producing power in 1897, sending electricity as far as Stockton. Blue Lakes Water Co. bought the original Amador Electric Light Co. in 1898
The Standard Electric Co. was formed in 1898 under the direction of Prince Andre Poniatowaski and plans were made for the construction of the first Electra Powerhouse which would send electricity to the San Francisco Bay Area. Electra Powerhouse was completed and began operation in 1902. Standard Electric Company was purchased by the California Gas & Electric Corporation which became Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) in 1905. PG&E continues to own and operate hydroelectric facilities on the Mokelumne River today.
This early Pelton Co. turbine and generator set was donated by Nick Skuce of Columbia, Tuolumne County.
Erected 2016 by City of Sutter Creek and Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation.
Location. 38° 23.364′ N, 120° 48.054′ W. Marker is in Sutter Creek, California, in Amador County. Marker is on Old Route 49 (Main Street) near Worley Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker and impulse turbine are located at the parking area for Miners' Bend Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 Old Route 49, Sutter Creek CA 95685, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miners' Bend Park (a few steps from this marker); Knight Scarifier – “The Scarifier that will scarify” Old Eureka Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); To Remember the Men of Amador County Who Died in The World War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sutter Creek United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Provis Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cribbs Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of General John A. Sutter (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sutter Creek.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2017, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.