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Near Cottonwood Heights in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant

 
 
Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
1. Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant Marker
Inscription. The Stairs Project was built in 1894-96 as the first hydroelectric power plant to provide electricity to Salt Lake City. It was also one of the first plants in Utah to transmit power long distance, using alternating current rather than direct current. In addition to the powerhouse, other elements of the historic complex include the dam, conduit, and penstock—all critical components of a hydroelectric plant. The power plant is ideally located to take advantage of the Stairs cascade on Big Cottonwood Creek.

During the late nineteenth century, a combination of technological developments, capitalist enterprise, and economic demands led to the creation of Utah’s hydroelectric power industry. Small utility companies around the state built water power plants to generate electricity, mostly for streetcar systems, mines, and other industries. Cities and small towns also consumed power for municipal, commercial, and domestic use. By the early twentieth century, a merger and consolidation movement among Utah's utilities culminated in the formation of the Utah Power & Light Company (UP&L). In 1989, UP&L merged with PacifiCorp, an Oregon corporation, which continues to operate the Stairs Project.
 
Erected 1995 by Utah State Historical Society.
 
Location.
Stairs Hydroelectric Building image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. Stairs Hydroelectric Building
40° 37.406′ N, 111° 45.219′ W. Marker is near Cottonwood Heights, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (State Highway 190) 2 miles east of Wasatch Boulevard (State Route 210), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Temple Granite Quarry (approx. 3.7 miles away); Temple Stone Quarry (approx. 3.7 miles away); Granite Settlement (approx. 4.4 miles away); Legacy of the Black Pioneer (approx. 6.4 miles away); St. Mark’s / Westminster School of Nursing (approx. 6.9 miles away); Mingo Smelter (approx. 7.5 miles away); Calder's Park (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Old Sugar House (approx. 9 miles away).
 
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Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 29, 2010
3. Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant
Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 29, 2010
4. Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant
Big Cottonwood Creek (source of water) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
5. Big Cottonwood Creek (source of water)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,840 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on September 5, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118.   5. submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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