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Near Stanley in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Sunbeam Dam

 
 
Sunbeam Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Sunbeam Dam Marker
Inscription. The Sunbeam Dam was constructed by the Sunbeam Consolidated Gold Mines Company to provide power for their mill located 13 miles up Yankee Fork on Jordan Creek.
Construction of the dam and power plant began in June, 1909, and was completed in May, 1910.
The mill and mine operated almost a year on the electricity from his dam but the low cost of electric power couldn't compensate for the low value of the mine's ore. The Sunbeam property was sold at a sheriff's auction in April, 1911. Caretakers remained but the power plant was never used again.
The dam's fish ladder eventually fell into disrepair. Idaho Fish and game then contracted the blasting of the bank next to the dam to allow fish passage in 1934.
 
Erected by U.S. Forest Service.
 
Location. 44° 16.248′ N, 114° 44.13′ W. Marker is near Stanley, Idaho, in Custer County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of State Highway 75 and Yankee Fork Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanley ID 83278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. River Recreation (a few steps from this marker); In the Early Days (within
Sunbeam Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Sunbeam Dam Marker
The Sunbeam Dam marker is the second, more distant marker.
shouting distance of this marker); Sunbeam Bathhouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Of Cabins and Chicken Ranches (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Boiling Fountain (approx. 0.7 miles away); Building the Dredge (approx. 2˝ miles away); Remnants of the Past (approx. 5 miles away); Bonanza City (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanley.
 
Also see . . .  The Most Interesting Fish in the World -- Lonesome Larry. The mystery surrounding Sunbeam’s partial demolition has been perpetuated in modern myth and legend. In his book “Politics Western Style,” former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus spun such a yarn. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Sunbeam Dam image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
3. Sunbeam Dam
Sunbeam Dam image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
4. Sunbeam Dam
Note the channel opening on the right.
Sunbeam Dam before demolition image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Forest Service
5. Sunbeam Dam before demolition
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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