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Jerome in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Irving Turbine and Generator

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 30, 2017
1. The Irving Turbine and Generator Marker
Inscription. In 1941, with the new United Verde Smelter in Clarkdale coming on line, the demand for power in Yavapai County was more than the Childs generating station, built in 1909, could handle. The Arizona Power Company (TAPCO) and the United Verde Copper Company entered into an agreement for additional power, and TAPCO began construction of the Irving power facility in May 1915. The new powerhouse consisted of a single turbine (large equipment item to the left) and generator (large equipment item to the right) combination. Water, channeled from Fossil Creek and under a pressure of 470 pounds-per-square foot, turned an Allis Chalmers reaction type Francis turbine, rated at 2,100 horsepower at 900 rpm. The turbine was shaft-connected to a General Electric generator rated at 1,600 kilowatts. On April 25, 1916, the plant was placed on line and synchronized with the Child powerhouse. From that point until itís closing in 2004, the powerhouse produced an average annual output of 10,860,000 kilowatt hours. The Irving power plant had a construction cost in 1916 of $135,000. In 1976, the American society of Mechanical Engineers designated the Childs/Irving plant a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, on of only two in Arizona. The Irving generator was taken off line in 2004 when the plant was closed. Subsequently, arrangements were
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By Denise Boose, September 30, 2017
2. The Irving Turbine and Generator Marker
made between Arizona Public Service and the Jerome State Park for the donation of the generator and its move to Jerome. In October 2009, the generator was placed at the Audrey Headframe Park for public viewing through a permanent loan from the State Park to the Jerome Historical Society.
 
Erected by Jerome Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 45.224′ N, 112° 6.754′ W. Marker is in Jerome, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is on N. Jerome State Mine Museums Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Audrey Headframe Park and next to the Jerome State Historic Park and Douglas Mansion. Marker is at or near this postal address: N. Jerome State Mine Museums Road, Jerome AZ 86331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Childs-Irving Project - Construction Challenges (here, next to this marker); The Childs-Irving Project-Hydroelectric Project (here, next to this marker); The Audrey Shaft and UVX Operations (a few steps from this marker); Historic Audrey Shaft Headframe (a few steps from this marker); Jerome's Famous Sliding Jail (approx. ľ mile away); Whitten Printers
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By Denise Boose, September 30, 2017
3. The Irving Turbine and Generator Marker
(approx. ľ mile away); Hotel Connor (approx. ľ mile away); Mine Museum/Fashion Saloon (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerome.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Irving Turbine and Generator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 30, 2017
4. The Irving Turbine and Generator Marker
The Irving Turbine and Generator Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 30, 2017
5. The Irving Turbine and Generator Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 3, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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